Replaces spontaneous pulmonary ventilation when respiratory compromise occurs.
Allows to administer PEEP (positive end expiratory pressure).
Improves gas exchange and helps keep alveolus open.
Provides controlled ventilation, with a precise measure of inhaled volume.
Allows administration of O2 concentrations between 21% and 100%, according to the patient’s need
Regulates inspiratory-to-expiratory time ratio.
“The priority for us is that the ventilator can meet the needs of a patient with COVID-19, who has a very severe respiratory failure. These patients require a so-called volume-controlled ventilation, where the volume of air entering the patient's body is guaranteed, and it is expected that the oxygen concentration can be modified, reaching concentrations of 100%. Likewise, the team must have PEEP functionality, which is pressure at the end of the expiration, to ensure that the alveoli remain open and that there is good gas exchange”, says Dr. Luis Fernando Giraldo, professor at the School of Medicine of Universidad de La Sabana and Director of the Interventional Pneumology Service of the Fundación Neumológica Colombiana
On the other hand, Dr. Fabio Andrés Varón, Director of the Center for Research and Training in Mechanical Ventilation at Fundación Cardioinfantil and member of the project team states that "mechanical ventilation is one of the pillars in the management of patients in critical condition; its objectives are based on improving gas transfer and optimizing respiratory work, always guaranteeing the patient safety. The ventilator allows evaluating values such as plateau pressure, a key measurement within the concept of protective ventilation and, physiological control through the real-time visualization of curves like pressure time and volume time, which facilitates the pathophysiological approach of patients and allows adjusting parameters efficiently and safely, to ensure adequate oxygenation and avoid ventilator-induced injury”.