Galway engineers help to develop emergency ventilator for developing world

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Engineers at Boston Scientific in Galway have helped to develop an emergency ventilator that can be used in the developing world.

The engineers helped the Covid Response Team, a non-profit group, to develop the equipment which will be targeted for use in the developing world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Employees at Boston Scientific are also involved with a project called E-vent, which is focused on designing, fabricating and assembling a manual resuscitator that could potentially provide longer-term ventilation for patients.

Vice President Operations at Boston Scientific in Galway, James Lyons, said that they couldn’t be prouder of the teams in Galway, Cork and Clonmel and how they have responded to the needs of others during this crisis.

“From volunteering to make PPE for local frontline workers, to helping others develop emergency medtech equipment for developing countries, our 5,000+ Irish employees have made an exceptional contribution to local, national and even international Covid-19 response efforts,” he said.

The company becomes the latest in the Irish Medtech Association to be spotlighted as part of its ongoing campaign to spread good news during the crisis.

Sinead Keogh, Director of the Irish Medtech Association said the support for the Covid Response Team, a not-for-profit initiative, shows how the association’s members are responding to needs of developing parts of the world during the pandemic.

“The acute and ongoing shortage of ventilators in low income countries is humanitarian disaster and requires an urgent response,” she said.