Quebec collective gathering (virtually) to design makeshift equipment to fight COVID-19
Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:24AM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:25AM EDT
MONTREAL -- A new coalition of Quebec experts is working together to better meet the province’s medical needs as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads.
The Santé Libre collective brings together engineers, health experts, designers and more to a virtual meeting place where ideas, problems and solutions can be exchanged.
This comes after the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) put out a call for the public to design an artificial respirator at low cost.
Members of the collective have access to a 3D printer, producing valves that can transform diving masks into makeshift ventilators. So far, 18 valves have been given to a CIUSSS in Montreal to be tested.
Other projects being discussed include a humidifier and a device to protect medical staff during intubation procedures.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published April 1, 2020.