Mercedes F1 team provides free of charge the breathing aid device project developed together with University College London (UCL) and doctors at UCL Hospital to help fight against coronavirus. The device is already approved and has entered production.
The device is called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and helps people with severe coronavirus symptoms to breathe easier. It was developed by the Mercedes Formula 1 team and University College London (UCL) and has already been approved by the authorities.
The Mercedes team of Formula 1 and UCL needed less than 100 hours from the first meeting until the production of the first prototype.
It has already entered mass production at the Mercedes Formula 1 plant in Brixworth, where the Formula 1 engines are normally manufactured. The production line has been modified to produce the new breathing aid devices.
The production rate is currently 1,000 units per day and already the British National Health Service has launched an order of 10,000 units.
The machine is revolutionary because it does not require intubation, no power supply or connection to a mechanical fan. The system is connected to the oxygen tube and delivers a constant level of oxygen to help the patient breathe.
According to studies, it has been observed that almost 80% of the intubated patients do not resist and lose the fight with coronavirus.
Therefore, the device invented by Mercedes seems to be more appropriate in the fight with this unseen enemy. The project developed by the Mercedes team of Forumula 1 is offered free of charge to all those who wish to produce it.
Andy Cowell, CEO of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, said:
“Providing free design and manufacturing specifications will allow companies around the world to produce these devices quickly and widely to support Covid-19’s overall response.” Other Formula 1 teams such as Red Bull, Renault and Aston Martin have offered similar devices but have not been approved by medical authorities.