A respiratory suctioning system for COVID-19 patients
COVID-19 patients requiring a mechanical ventilator for respiratory support must have their airways cleared from secretions and mucus on a daily basis to prevent infection. Existing suctioning techniques are not efficient and carry a high risk of spreading COVID-19 amongst ICU patients and staff. The EU-funded COVID-19 ICU-CARE project is working on a patented suctioning assist system, TrachFlush, already validated in general ICU patients. The system automatically flushes all secretions out of the airways at a reduced cost and with low risk of contamination. In collaboration with leading hospitals across Europe, the project will carry out a large clinical study to demonstrate the efficiency and safety of using this innovative tool with COVID-19 patients.
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