Four more ventilator companies ramp UK production : Page 2 of 3

April 06, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Smiths ParaPac portable ventilator being tested
Four more ventilator makers are supplying the UK’s NHS to meet the Coronavirus outbreak.
of ventilators that will be deployed in hospitals across the United Kingdom.  I am humbled by the incredible work ethic of the Plexus teams in Kelso and Livingston, Scotland, and around the globe, who are doing their utmost to make the rapid production of these critical products possible.  I also would like to thank the courageous medical professionals of the NHS who we are honoured to serve,” said Ronnie Darroch, Executive Vice President and Regional President, EMEA for Plexus. 

“Plexus is uniquely qualified to support the design, development and production of critical medical equipment that assists healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19,” said Todd Kelsey, President and CEO. “ In addition to producing ventilators, Plexus also manufactures several other essential medical devices that further the fight against COVID-19 in its facilities around the world.  These devices include: infusion pumps, diagnostic equipment, patient monitors, bronchoscopes and laryngoscopes, CT scanners, MRI machines, ultrasounds and mobile x-ray units.”

Smith + Nephew is working with the University of Oxford and Kings College London on a basic non-invasive ventilator design called OxVent that is shipping this week to the NHS. “Smith+Nephew is proud to work with the OxVent team and bring our medical device design and manufacturing expertise to support the rapid delivery of this innovative new ventilator to the NHS,” said Mark Gladwell, President, Global Operations at Smith+Nephew.

Babcock says it has an order to make 10,000 units of the Zephyr Plus ventilator from an international critical care medical equipment supplier that wants to remain unnamed. However, like the Dyson CoVent, this is also dependent on medical approvals in the UK. The Diamedica, Plexus, Smiths and Penlon systems are all already approved. Medtronic in Ireland has also released all the design files and code for an approved portable ventilator design.

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