Recently Kenyatta university received commendations after developing a prototype ventilator during these trying moments. The medical school students and engineering students put their heads together to come up with a ventilator at a time when South Sudan had 4 ventilators and most of the nations in the world had run out of the important machines.
The students showed the ability of the country and higher institutions if only it could be given the necessary support. Working under pressure, and with little resources amid fears of coronavirus, students were able to complete a prototype ventilator within few days. This has motivated NASA and after 37 days, NASA has come up with high-pressure prototype ventilator.
It’s been named, Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally(VITAL). And after passing a critical test at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York earlier this week, Now NASA is hoping that the approval of this type will be accelerated so that it can be used as soon as possible.
Dr. Matthew Levin, director of innovation for the Human Simulation Lab and associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, and genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine said “We were very pleased with the results of the testing we performed in our high-fidelity human simulation lab,”
“The NASA prototype performed as expected under a wide variety of simulated patient conditions. The team feels confident that the VITAL ventilator will be able to safely ventilate patients suffering from Covid-19 both here in the United States and throughout the world.” added the Doctor.
Unlike other ventilators in the hospital that stays for long, this type is expected to last for four months only hence it is a short term aid.