Scientific Shield: Ventil device already certified. At Łukasiewicz, the production of another 100 pieces of the device starts

Łukasiewicz — Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment in Zabrze started the production of another 100 units of Ventil device. The invention that enables independent ventilation of two patients with one ventilator has also successfully passed the certification process and in May this year it will be possible to introduce it to the market.

The Ventil device will make it possible to increase the number of patients who will be able to use ventilators available in Poland, which is of particular importance in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The device was developed by a team of scientists from the M. Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering led by prof. Marek Darowski. Technological competences of Łukasiewicz — Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment, including the possibility of producing mechatronic systems for the needs of medical diagnostics and therapy, allowed for the immediate commencement of the production of the device. In an equally fast pace, in cooperation with TUV Nord Polska, we managed to obtain the CE certificate, which allows Ventil to be marketed in the European Union.

Ventil has already successfully passed the certification process, and today we have applied for its registration to the Office for Registration of Medical Devices. Pursuant to the Act on Medical Devices, it will be possible to place the device on the market after 14 days from submitting the notification, informs Dr. Eng. Janusz Wróbel, Director of Łukasiewicz — Institute of Technology and Medical Equipment.

At the beginning of April this year, the first series of 100 devices was manufactured, several of which are currently undergoing clinical trials in four medical centres in the country: Independent Public Clinical Hospital, I., Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Lublin, University Clinical Centre, Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Gdańsk, Provincial Specialist Hospital, Clinical Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care in Olsztyn, and the University Clinical and Intensive Care Department in Olsztyn.

The equipment components that have been successively delivered allowed for the rapid commencement of production of the second series of devices ordered by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which will consist of another hundred units. The end of production is planned for the beginning of June.

The project of implementation of the Ventil apparatus for small series production is financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Łukasiewicz institutes actively joined the fight against the effects of the pandemic. These activities are carried out under a common banner #TarczaNaukowa. Today, over a dozen research and engineering projects are at various stages of advancement.

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