Engineers, anaesthetists and surgeons from the University of Oxford and Kings College London are building and testing a prototype ventilator which could be mass produced in a fortnight. The team is led by Oxford Professors Andrew Farmery, Mark Thompson and Alfonso Castrejon-Pita and King’s College London’s Dr Federico Formenti.
Part of this team is Professor Paul Goulart, Tutorial Fellow in Engineering Science at St Edmund Hall. He and his students are working on the control system software and hardware implementation of the ventilator. Termed the Oxvent – this ventilator is made using a standard resuscitation bag and valves widely used in the NHS.