Dyson Founder Designs New Ventilator for Sick Patients
By Allyson Vannatta, Staff Writer
The English government placed an order with Dyson to make 10,000 ventilators to help treat coronavirus patients.
The news was confirmed in a letter from James Dyson, the company’s founder, to his employees.
The letter, shared with CNN, says,
“A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways, but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world.”
The ventilator is a completely new design from the company. It’s called the CoVent.
Dyson continued, “This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume.”
He added the device will “address the specific needs” of patients being treated with COVID-19.
Dyson also said he would “donate 5,000 units to the international effort to tackle the pandemic.”
A spokesperson for the company said the new ventilators would be ready in early April.
Dyson is known for their vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, but in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, are trying to do their part to help hospitals and healthcare workers get what they need to help fight the virus.
The ventilators made by Dyson will have to meet regulatory requirements before they’re able to be used by the National Health Service.
The UK business minister, Alok Sharma, said, “The critical point is to make sure that any machines that come forward actually meet the requirements and are safe.”
Here in the United States, Ford Motor Company is working with 3M and GE Healthcare to make essential medical products like personal protective equipment and ventilators. GM and Tesla also said they would make ventilators.
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