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Physicists at CERN develop High Energy Ventilator

Shared by Ana Ribeiro on 2020-04-09 16:54

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Physicists from the LHCb collaborations at CERN are developing a stripped-down ventilator, built with cheap and simple components. The device is called High Energy Ventilator (HEV) and it is based on the same type of systems used at CERN to regulate gas flows for particle detectors.

The HEV is being developed in consultation with medical professional and it is meant to be used for patients in recovery or with mild presentations, allowing the high-tech ventilator to be used in patients with more severe symptoms.

The control software will be composed of low-power components so that the Ventilator can be powered with batteries, solar panels or emergency power generator – making it possible to use it even in areas with limited resources or unstable power distribution.

The initial prototyping phase was completed on the end of March and the team expects that hospital trials will begin by mid-April.

All the designs are being published under the CERN Open hardware License, so they can be replicated wherever there is a shortage of ventilators.

More information: https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.00534

Adapted from: https://cerncourier.com/a/particle-physicists-propose-stripped-down-vent...

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A team of physicists at CERN developed a High Energy Ventilator to help face the shortage of ventilators necessary to treat patients suffering with Covid-19

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