As the world scrambles to find enough ventilators during the pandemic, The Afghan Girls Robotics Team is working on a homemade oxygen delivery device made from easy-to-find spare care parts.
Via Raw Story:
They are taking engine and battery parts from a Toyota Corolla — ubiquitous on the streets of Afghanistan — to produce a prototype they started designing after the Herat governor called for more ventilators as coronavirus cases rose.
Central to the ventilator is a self-inflating plastic sac known as an Ambu bag that medical staff use to help patients breathe. The girls’ prototype uses a mechanical system to operate the bag automatically and accurately.
17-year-old Somaya Farooqi, the team’s captain, told Agence France-Presse, “The complicated part is how to adjust the timing and pressure of pumping, as different patients require different volume and pressure of air based on their age and the severity of their condition.”
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