As part of the initiatives launched by Qatar Scientific Club to support the States efforts in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and with the aim to protect the medical staff working in the first lines of defense, Qatar Scientific Club has designed and manufactured an air purification and breathing respirator that can protect the medical staff and provide them with air after purification through a technology developed by Club.
A committee from Qatar Scientific Club and Hamad Medical Corporation has been formed to study the alternative solutions to address the risk of spread of the coronavirus, given the importance of providing personal protective equipment to the medical staff while performing their duties. A study had been requested to discuss the possibility of designing and manufacturing fresh air breathing apparatus that is easy to use, sterilize and maintain, and allows a clear vision when using. Consequently, Qatar Scientific Club harnessed its capabilities to designed and execute the respirator and tested it several times to ensure its usability without any problems or defects.
The respirator is distinguished by a battery that works for long periods of time, the ability to control the energy level, in addition to the ease of use. This device provides healthy air for medical staff through an air compressor that is easy to carry, light and comfortable. Moreover, there is an alert indicator when the airflow is low for any reason to ensure safety requirements. The device is also connected to a headcover to keep it isolated from surroundings in order to protect it from any potential infection, thus providing users with great protection.
The device operates with a low-capacity battery that can be quickly recharged and replaceable, and there is an indicator that alerts when the battery is low.
Executive Director of Qatar Scientific Club Eng. Rashid Al Rahimi said that since the start of this pandemic, Qatar Scientific Club has been keen to provide all help needed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and has employed technology to help in the fight the virus. The Club designed and manufactured several devices, including the medical face shield which was distributed to several medical, security and educational institutions in the State, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Red Crescent, Aspire Academy and some secondary schools. The Club also designed and manufactured a safe assistant robot and a medical face mask.
Regarding the new device, Al Rahimi stressed the importance of developing and supplying such a devise locally at this juncture as it has become difficult to import such machines in a timely manner. Accordingly, the new device was developed and built by local expertise and potential in cooperation with a number of entities concerned in the country.
Al Rahimi welcomed any support from the entities willing to take part in helping to produce the new device as it has various uses in the medical and security fields, especially during emergencies and disasters.
In the meantime, a specialized team of doctors from Hamad Medical Corporation visited Qatar Scientific Club and reviewed the new device to provide their remarks and technical reviews. They expressed their appreciation for such an innovation.
Head of Infection Control at HMC Dr. Nasser Ali Al Ansari described the new device as excellent with better technology than what is already available at the market. It is also a comfortable suit for the user with a more durable battery, he added.
Cover image and video credit: Qatar Scientific Club
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