NASA Engineers has designed this COVID Ventilator in 37 days and has already passed a vital check

VITAL has designed that allows versatile usage, making it essential for temporary hospitals and healthcare centers that may still be short of medical equipment.

Updated: Apr 26, 2020 16:10 IST

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Nithiya

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A COVID-19 ventilator by NASA engineers

As NASA says, spacecraft and not healthcare devices are typically built. So if they want to do so, they do a good job. But they do a good job. While the world struggles to monitor the COVID or Coronavirus Pandemic, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has created a fan. NASA's latest fan is named VITAL Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the locally available Ventilator Intervention Technology. 

NASA reports that the VITAL can be used in patients with extreme COVID in the United States to replace conventional ventilators. JPL Director Michael Watkins said: "We specialize in satellites rather than designing medical devices. "All our specialties are outstanding engineering, rigorous research, and quick prototyping, however. JPL people realized that they might have what they need to help the healthcare system and the wider society.

VITAL has a design that allows user versatility that makes it essential for temporary clinics, health care facilities, for example, for first responders, and still running short of medical facilities. 

Also, in advance of the US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) approval process, VITAL passed a key test at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Matthew Levin, Innovation Director of the Human Simulation Lab and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Preoperative and Pain Medicine, and of the Icahn School of Medicine, commented: "We were delighted with the results of the research we conducted on our high-fidelity human simulation facility. "The NASA prototype was performed in a wide range of simulated patient conditions as planned."

The team is very much confident that the VITAL can be used safely for patients who are suffering from coronavirus, both in the US and all over the world. 

NASA says VITAL can be assembled quickly and requires less maintenance than a regular ventilator. The  Critical includes sedation of patients and insertion of an oxygen tube into their airway. The new system will not replace the current hospital ventilators, which can last years and are designed to cope with a wider variety of medical problems. Instead, VITAL has a three to four months period and is designed specifically for COVID-19 patients.