Higher Education: The Academy of Scientific Research announces the success of respirator production

Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, received a report submitted by Dr. Mahmoud Saqr, President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, on the project to support the production of home respirators that the academy is carrying out under the name of BioVENT A Series

The report states that the project is the result of a fruitful cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research through the High Council of University Hospitals as the main partner in clinical trials, the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology as the main supporter of the Project, the Arab Organization for Industrialization as a manufacturing partner and one of the emerging technology companies specializing in the design and manufacture of electronic medical devices, and the only one working in this field in the Middle East and Africa.

The report indicated that the technical phases of the project completion began with the signing of a protocol between the Arab Organization for Industrialization, to find innovative solutions to tackle the Corona pandemic and to find a solution specifically to the problem of shortage of respiratory apparatus. .

The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology launched the “Apply Your Idea” program in April 2020 and the proposal to design a high-flow oxygen device as the first class of respirators was approved, then launched the prototype of a high-flow oxygen device. , and received approval from the Medical Equipment Calibration Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. Followed by conducting clinical trials in Cairo University Hospitals under the supervision of the High Council of University Hospitals and obtaining conditional approval from the Egyptian Medicines Authority as the first type approval for this type of apparatus issued by the Egyptian Medical Authority , then the second model of the device was launched to begin the process of converting the first sample into a usable product and producing the first ready-made industrial model. , where the necessary tests have been performed for its evaluation, to start the implementation phases of the current production, to announce the delivery of the first 50 devices to the Joint Procurement Authority for distribution in university hospitals in April 2022..

The report adds that the project plan aims to design a respirator that is easy to transport and suitable for work in all environments, whether field hospitals, normal rooms or intensive care, and can be used at home. The manufacturing process of the device is in stages, starting with high flow oxygen equipment, then penetrating and penetrating, and paying attention to quality and elegance in design..

The device is characterized BioVENT A Series With a heavy-duty fan operating up to 40,000 operating hours and containing a nebulizer or nebulizer for use in the form of a suction mist during handling with the device, it operates with high-flow technology as well as high-speed distribution, similar in technology used in American Vapotherm devices and supports similar penetrating breathing modes for devices V60 Manufactured by the Dutch company Philips, it supports penetrating breathing modes similar to the device technology PB560 Manufactured by Medtronic, USA.

The report added that the device enables automatic control of fio2 Or manual control, and is supported by a battery that works up to 6 hours and is equipped with an external humidifier and a bacterial respiratory filter, in addition to the advantages of easy disassembly and installation of suction and exhaust valves, which are useful in preventing infection and easy sterilization.

The report noted the high economic feasibility of this project, in providing locally produced respirators, as well as avoiding the negative effects of rising global prices on the level of medical services provided to the Egyptian patient, especially with crises that faces the world as e.g. The Corona Equipment Pandemic in the country is a golden opportunity for Egypt in terms of achieving self-sufficiency, lowering import bills and export opportunities in many countries suffering from shortage of breathing apparatus, such as African and Central Asian countries..

Dr. Saqr explained that Egypt is the first country in the Middle East and Africa to produce respirators with 100% Egyptian technology and that the final product is now available for use in hospitals and serves patients efficiently, showing work to move forward in development. production of apparatus to cover the categories of respirators, which includes 3 types: high-flow oxygen apparatus, penetrating breathing apparatus and penetrating breathing apparatus, after obtaining the required approvals, noting the efforts made by the Academy to implement the long and complex stages of obtaining approvals for this type of equipment by communicating with the responsible agencies from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the Armed Forces and numerous experts, as well as cooperation with engineers with different specialties, and the device represents a Egyptian patent. and work is underway to register it.

tha Dr. Adel Abdel Ghaffar, media advisor and official spokesperson of the ministry, said that this project is the result of outstanding efforts in linking research results with industry bodies, through concluding protocols and cooperation agreements to transform applicable research into products , collaborating in their production and distribution and offering local alternatives to the demands of the national industry, noting that the ministry is currently implementing, is a science policy based on the use of research to serve the Egyptian community and meet its needs in all areas, through the research role of centers, research institutes and universities, emphasizing that it is working in permanent and continuous cooperation with all development sectors in the country, evaluating the results of the project represented in the production of fan technology. entirely Egyptian.

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