Extreme problems require extreme solutions. The death ratio of COVID here in the Milano region is getting horribly high, mainly because there are not enough respirators, medicines, nurses, doctors and beds in ICUs.
Right now in low infected areas of Italy the death ratio of hospitalized people is 3%, while in highly dense COVID areas like around Milano is 33%. The situation is such that if you get sick you are required to stay home, they will come and pick you up only if you are really in a respiratory crisis but then your chance to get out alive from the hospital is 2 out of 3.
I wrote about the 3D printed spare parts for respirators last week, now the same guys are working on a new project that sounds crazy but considering the situation we are in right now it’s not at all. They were called by doctor Renato Favero, desperate for the missing respirators in the hospital. He came out with an idea but didn’t know how to make it: modifying a snorkeling gear that can be bought in any Decathlon store to transform it in a breathing machine.
Looks like a joke, but it’s not. This is real, people are actually choking to death all over and not only in hospitals, reports claim that several elderly people are dying alone at home.
The Isinnova guys designed a new component that connects the mask to the ventilator, tested it first in the Chiari hospital on patients in need and seems to be working. Of course none of this is CE marked, medically tested and validated from the traditional point of view but again – what the heck! If I was in bed there with no ventilator and it works I would not care less.