Portuguese hospitals struggle with the lack of life-saving ventilators to treat coronavirus patients. Vent2Life is an online platform that has been developed to link hospitals with facilities and equipment problems to a skilled technician. Vent2Life works on bringing old and unused medical equipment back to life, hoping to repair at least 200 damaged or inactive ventilators currently stored at Portuguese hospitals spread across the country.
*Ventilators – mechanical breathing devices that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs and are used in the treatment of critically-ill patients infected with COVID-19.
- The platform was developed in about a week by 24 volunteers and a team from OutSystems, who provided technical support and programmed the system.
- Portuguese hospitals can create free accounts and report malfunctioning equipment stored at their facilities. The platform will then link the hospital with a skilled technician who can fix the problem.
- Specialists who assess the condition of equipment have been vetted by the Vent2life management team.
- Prime Minister Antonio Costa said the country’s public hospitals have 1,142 ventilators and private hospitals have 250. The government already bought 500 ventilators from China. Private companies, such as the country’s biggest utility, EDP (EDP.LS), are also donating ventilators.
- Vent2Life seeks to fix inactive ventilators and place them in hospitals, hoping to repair at least 200 damaged or inactive ventilators currently stored at Portuguese hospitals spread across the country.
- For now, the platform can only be used by Portuguese hospitals, developers said it will soon be available in other countries, too.
Sources: Reuters, Head Topics, Archyde