THE Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published the specifications required to make a ventilator and a respirator. Last week the government put out an appeal to all manufacturers with the skills and capacity to make ventilators or their components to register their details on a website.
MHRA has now released a detailed specification for what it calls a ‘Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System (RMVS)’. In the document, the authors say, “This is a specification of the minimally (and some preferred options) clinically acceptable ventilator to be used in UK hospitals during the current COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus. It sets out the clinical requirements based on the consensus of what is ‘minimally acceptable’ performance in the opinion of the anaesthesia and intensive care medicine professionals and medical device regulators given the emergency situation.”
The ventilator specification can be downloaded via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/specification-for-ventilators-to-be-used-in-uk-hospitals-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
The form to register your ability to contribute is here: https://ventilator.herokuapp.com/
The specifications for the respirator, which provides support for patients who are having difficulty breathing and can avoid the need for a ventilator can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/specification-for-rapidly-manufactured-cpap-system-to-be-used-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak