The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has reached an agreement with Demcon for the production of 500 ventilators. The government is also setting up a consortium of companies to increase production. The ventilators are needed to treat severe cases of COVID-19.
The influx of patients into intensive care units in hospitals threatens to cause a shortage of ventilators. Demcon subsidiary Macawi hopes to supply 500 ventilators within two weeks. If necessary, further scaling-up is possible. The government-initiated consortium is to start production as soon as possible as well. Details are expected to follow soon.
Several other initiatives have sprung up to fight the ventilator shortage. University of Twente’s Techmed Centre is working on a solution to use one ventilator for multiple patients simultaneously. It does so by combining coupling pieces. Early tests show this application should be considered an extreme emergency solution.