New medtech initiatives emerge in the battle against Covid-19

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

To support medical centers and other hospitals in the battle against Covid-19 (the coronavirus), all sorts of new medtech initiatives are emerging in the delta region. Each of them shows the creativity and willingness to interdisciplinary cooperation in the region.

We have listed some examples below and will share inspiring examples in the coming weeks.

Students design ventilator

In a project called ‘OperationAIR’, students and experts are working on the design of a simple and relatively inexpensive ventilator to cover possible shortages caused by the corona crisis. The team brings together knowledge of technology and medicine.

The starting points for the design are that it is safe, it can be used anywhere, it can be produced quickly and that it is relatively easy to use. It is not intended to replace existing ventilation equipment, but serves as an emergency solution when shortages arise.

The team was initially set up by students of the Medical Delta master's program Technical Medicine and program director Prof. Dr. Jaap Harlaar. The team has now been expanded with students from other disciplines, including Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering and Applied Physics. In addition to companies, TU Delft, LUMC, Erasmus MC and TU Eindhoven are involved.

More information can be found via this link.

Sterilize used mouth masks

A team consisting of Dr Tim Horeman (TU Delft, Medical Delta NIMIT: Novel Instruments for Minimally Invasive Techniques), Dr John van den Dobbelsteen (TU Delft, Medical Delta NIMIT, Medical Delta Living Lab ResearchOK) and the company Van Straten Medical started a project to investigate how mouth masks can be sterilized for reuse.

This possibility should reduce the pressure on the shortage of mouth masks. The first results are promising. In addition to TU Delft, Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis, Sint Franciscus Gasthuis and LUMC are also involved.

More information can be found via this link.


Physical exercise game breaks through social isolation of the elderly

The coronavirus has a major impact on the social contacts of the elderly. Now that visitors are not recommended and many nursing and care homes are closed to the outside world, social isolation threatens many elderly people. In order to break this deadlock, the initiative to play online has been accelerated. It is one of the e-Health projects supported by the delta region. was set up by multiple companies, like Games for Health. With, the elderly come into contact with children and young people and they can play online games together. One of the games that will come on this portal is a physical exercise game. Child physiotherapy Regio Westland participates in this. Participants of the physio exercise game playfully exercise their body coordination.

By taking different body positions together, they train stability and propriocepsis in the transfer from visualization to body position.

Child physiotherapy Regio Westland and Games for Health are both participants in the application for a new Medical Delta Living Lab: Medical Delta Living Lab Vit for Life.

3D printed component turns snorkel mask into protective equipment

Researchers from TU Delft (Industrial Design), in collaboration with doctors from the Haaglanden Medical Center and the business community (including Royal Dutch Shell and, a group started by Damen Shipyards, Blue Orange Wave and VFA Solutions), designed a 3D printed connector to connect a regular snorkel mask to a filter system. This makes the snorkel mask usable as a protective mask for medical personnel against Covid-19. The design has been made available worldwide.

There is a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals. A team of anesthetists, universities and companies designed two new reusable face masks for medical professionals who care and treat Covid-19 patients. Both masks use a 3D printed connector to connect a regular snorkel mask to a filter system. The "COVID Lifesaver Mask" uses a high-efficiency filter from anesthesia equipment to create an inexpensive and easy-to-use system for short-term use. The ‘Air-Wave Protector’ uses an industrial fan and filter component to create a personal protection device for longer use.

A team of medical professionals tested the snorkel mask in both solutions and indicated that it works well. The solutions' designs are open source, meaning they can be freely copied to help medical professionals around the world.

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