Dyson, the established household name when it comes to reliable vacuum cleaners, has pivoted its activity to help support coronavirus patients.
Considering that the UK has more than 11,600 confirmed COVID-19 infected people and that Boris Johnson, the UK’s Prime Minister, has just tested positive for a coronavirus infection, Dyson’s intervention is particularly welcome.
The company announced the CoVent, a new ventilator it designed in just 10 days, based on their existing digital motor technology.
While it’s still waiting for UK’s regulatory approval to start mass-producing the ventilators, the UK government already ordered 10,000 of the CoVent devices to be given to the National Health Service (NHS).
The CoVent is a portable, bend-mounted ventilator that can also run on battery power in the event of power outages.
“Since I received a call from Boris Johnson ten days ago, we have refocused resources at Dyson, and worked with TTP, The Technology Partnership, to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent.
This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume. It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients, and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings.
The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time.
The race is now on to get it into production,” said James Dyson, the company’s head, in an internal email obtained by Fast Company.
In Italy, 3D-printed ICU valves helped patients get a second chance at life, helping the medical system during an unprecedented disruption of medical supply chains around the world.