Swansea University

Welsh team designs 'best of both' ventilator

Co-inventor Dr John Dingley with the ventilator attached to a mechanical lung
Swansea University
Co-inventor Dr John Dingley with the ventilator attached to a mechanical lung

A team of Swansea doctors and engineers has designed a new ventilator that can be built quickly with local parts and, crucially, used for patients with severe coronavirus.

Until now, ventilator designs could either be quick to build or used to treat complex cases, but not both.

But the Swansea team says the new design solves the problem.

“The CoronaVent can be manufactured in the UK and may provide valuable jobs and an export industry in the face of worldwide economic depression,” said Dr Dave Williams, one of the team leaders alongside Dr John Dingley.

The team also includes experts from the ASTUTE 2020 team at Swansea University College of Engineering, and from the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre at the University of Wales Trinity St David and Swansea University’s Healthcare Technology Centre.

Prof Johann Sienz said: “The CoronaVent offers the best of both worlds - simple and cheap to build, yet suitable for even complex cases of coronavirus.

“We hope new partners will join us to help us take it forward, so it can be in use as soon as possible, creating jobs and saving lives."

The team are about to seek regulatory approval for their design and are looking for partners and investors to take the device into mass production.