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Local team of experts produces non-invasive mechanical ventilators

Designers said the NiBS device uses less oxygen than a High Flow Nasal Cannula System and had huge benefits when oxygen is in short supply.

Picture: 123rf.com

CAPE TOWN - A team of experts has joined local efforts to produce non-invasive mechanical ventilators.

The device is manufactured through a collaborative effort between Aerospace, the Maritime and Defense Industries Association of South Africa, and the South African Military Health Service.

Designers said that the NiBS device uses less oxygen than a high-flow nasal cannula system and had huge benefits when oxygen is in short supply.

NiBS CEO Laurence Savage explained: “We have incorporated inhalation and exhalation virus filters to protect staff and other patients against the spread of COVID-19, while the use of the device has been simplified so that medical personnel can learn how to use it in 30 minutes.”

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