Dutch firm’s low-cost ventilators coming to Dar hospitals for COVID-19

20May 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dutch firm’s low-cost ventilators coming to Dar hospitals for COVID-19

LOW cost FRD-e ventilators which are an initiative of Dutch firm, Stogger is now available for emergency deployment to several countries including Tanzania to help relieve coronavirus patients.

In a statement, the company production of the first 30 FRD-e's has started this week will also be shipped worldwide to countries including Romania, Ghana and Brazil. “After five weeks of development, the first low-cost devices are ready and available to provide an additional solution to the worldwide need for respiratory equipment,” the statement said.

The FRD-e is an initiative of the Dutch company Stogger, intensivist Hugo Touw of the Radboudumc and an application building company, Cosmicnode. “The initiators created the device in order to help hospitals all over the world in need of additional, easy-to-use and low-cost ventilation equipment,” the statement added.

It further added that a breathing balloon is already positioned above a bed of every intensive care patient with an added device that can take over the manual use by a nurse or doctor for 24 hours a day.

“With the respirators made in Netherlands, patients in need can be ventilated automatically and lives can be saved. Initially, the device was developed as an open source do-it-yourself package named the VentilatorPAL by FreeBreathing,” the statement added.

Stogger’s statement however said, due to the high demand for certified equipment, a professional version has been developed together with the NTS Group: named the FRD-e. The essential part is the ventilation balloon that is already positioned at every ICU bed, making the use of this machine very accessible, intuitive and effective, the company noted.

Describing the device as easy to control, the Dutch firm stated that the FRD-e is also easy to control with the use of an application allowing doctors and nurses to set up the pace and power of the ventilation.

“Because it is so easy-to-use those parts of the world where limited ventilation devices are available can really benefit. In addition, it can also be used in ambulances and operating rooms,” the company added.

Since the ventilator’s website went live a few weeks ago, numerous parties from multiple countries showed interest with booming popularity among countries outside Europe due to its low cost and easy use.

Many professionals have contributed with the sole purpose of developing a device that can save human lives and they include Prof Dr De Jong who is lung physiologist from University of Twente in the Netherlands.

““FRD-e complies with the basic requirements for use on patients with severe respiratory problems suffering Covid-19,” said Prof de Jong who added that the FRD-e complies with the basic requirements for use on patients with severe respiratory problems suffering Covid-19.