Glangwili Hospital Doctor Develops Improved Ventilator for Severe COVID-19 Cases

Glangwili Hospital Doctor Develops Improved Ventilator for Severe COVID-19 Cases

Wales doesn’t necessarily make international news often, despite its cultural richness, serene beauty and legacy of intelligent inventors. But it has now with another invention—the development of a new coronavirus ventilator developed by a Glangwili Hospital consultant and an engineering firm. The product was recently approved by Welsh regulators.

The COVID CPAP machine

Recently approved by the UK’s Medicine and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the ventilator will now undergo clinical trials. Made in Wales, it is reported that the device could potentially save thousands of lives.  The emergency ventilator—a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine designed by Dr. Rhys Thomas in Carmarthen and Maurice Clarke of CR Clarke & Co, an engineering company located in Ammanford.

The device was already given a nod by the Welsh government and was even used to treat a patient in Lianelli who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Commenting on the potential professor Keir Lewis, Respiratory Lead for Hywel Dda, reported, “This potentially promising CPAP machine now has the appropriate plans and support across Wales to undergo a rapid and careful evaluation with patient...

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