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Dyson will donate 5,000 new ventilators

Wiltshire-based entrepreneur Sir James Dyson says "the race is on" to get a new ventilator into production.

In an email to staff, he said the company had designed the "CoVent" at the request of Boris Johnson.

It still needs regulatory approval.

Once finished Dyson says he will donate 5,000 units to the international effort, 1,000 of which will go to the United Kingdom.

The UK Government requested a design for a ventilator that was 'safe, effective, efficient in conserving oxygen, easy to use, bed-mounted, portable and not needing a fixed air supply'. 

CoVent is 'bed mounted and portable, operating on batteries, so can continue to be used in different care settings including field hospitals, and continued to be used when patients are transported'. 

Outside experts from the NHS and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have been involved in the design process.  

In a letter to staff Sir James Dyson said: "Hospitals are the frontline in the war against Covid-19, where heroic doctors, nurses, and care workers are battling to save lives and help people recover from this terrible virus. As with any battle, there are many challenges to overcome, not least the availability of essential equipment which in this case means ventilators. A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world. 

"Since I received a call from Boris Johnson ten days ago, we have refocused resources at Dyson, and worked with TTP, The Technology Partnership, to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent. This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume. It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients, and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings. The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time. The race is now on to get it into production.

"The Dyson Digital motor sits at the heart of the new device and the motor’s design is optimised to have a very high level of intrinsic safety, making it particularly well-suited for industrial, high volume production. The device is designed to achieve a high quality air supply to ensure its safety and effectiveness, drawing on our air purifier expertise which delivers high-quality filtration in high-volume products.

"Ventilators are a regulated product so Dyson and TTP will be working with the MHRA and the Government to ensure that the product and the manufacturing process is approved.  We have received an initial order of 10,000 units from the UK Government which we will supply on an open-book basis. We are also looking at ways of making it available internationally.

"I am proud of what Dyson engineers and our partners at TTP have achieved. I am eager to see this new device in production and in hospitals as soon as possible. This is clearly a time of grave international crisis, I will therefore donate 5,000 units to the international effort, 1,000 of which will go to the United Kingdom.

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