Mercedes F1 makes breathing aids

Date:30 March 2020 Author: Imogen Searra

University College London (UCL) engineers, clinicians at UCL Hospital and Mercedes Formula One have created a breathing device that will help COVID-19 patients.

The device sends oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator and is far less invasive. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices have been used in China and Italy to help COVID-19 positive patients to breathe. They have also been used elsewhere but are in short supply, according to the BBC.

UCLH has received forty new devices and three more have been sent to other London hospitals to be trialed.

If the trials are a success then Mercedes-AMG-HPP can begin production. It is estimated that 1,000 CPAP machines can be produced per day. If all goes well, manufacturing will begin next week.

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