Prisma Health introduces a 3D-printed ventilator expansion device6 Apr, 2020
Produced using 3D printing technology, the device is developed with material already in use for medical devices and produced at minimal cost.
- designed to work with ISO standard respiratory connections;
- can be easily produced;
- allows for appropriate filtering of bacteria and viruses in the ventilator tubing;
- is strong and impact resistant; and
- does not impact the care of other patients connected to the same machine.
Two VESper™ devices are needed for each ventilator, one on the intake and one on the return. VESper™ splits the airflow to the ventilator, acting as a Y connector.
Multiple combinations of the VESper™ device can be configured to allow a single machine to be used for up to four patients. It is important to match the clinical characteristics of the patients connected to a single machine as the machine will deliver the same settings such as oxygen concentration, amount of air in each breath and the pressure of the air delivered.