Mercedes F1 team to begin delivery of 10,000 respiratory aids to the NHS as part of the “Pitlane Project”

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The Mercedes F1 team will begin delivery of up to 10,000 new respirators to the UK health service this week as part of the Pitlane Formula 1 project to help fight the coronavirus.

Continuous positive pressure devices (CPAP), which make it easier for patients with coronaviruses with lung infections to breathe, were developed by engineers from the Mercedes team and University College London (UCL), and of clinicians at UCL hospital after a clock tower. the reverse engineering effort of a device that could be made quickly by the thousands.

It took less than 100 hours between the initial meeting and the production of the first device.

And after patient assessments at UCLH and sister hospitals in the London area, the device received regulatory approval last week. An order of up to 10,000 orders has been placed by the British National Health Service and the Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains technology center in Brixworth – the facility where the F1 team’s high performance power units are developed and built – currently builds 1000 devices per day.

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Currently, 40 machines that would normally produce F1 pistons and turbochargers are used for the production of CPAP devices, and the entire Brixworth facility has been redeveloped to meet this demand.

The team behind the aides is also proposing the designs necessary for the device to be downloaded by the manufacturers, to help other healthcare systems manage patients with Covid-19 .

It is hoped that the dissemination of this information on a large scale can help the global response to the crisis by enabling health systems around the world to provide respiratory assistance to patients with the virus.

Andy Cowell, general manager of Mercedes-AMG high performance powertrains, said: “Since the announcement of the project, we have received an incredible number of inquiries about the CPAP device from around the world.

“Providing design and manufacturing specifications on an open source basis will allow companies around the world to produce these devices at high speed and on a large scale to support the global response to Covid-19.”

Professor David Lomas, UCL Vice Provost Health, added: “These lifesaving devices will provide vital support to the NHS in the coming weeks, helping to keep patients off ventilators and reducing the demand for beds and nursing staff intensive.

“It is a phenomenal success that they arrive in hospitals just two weeks after the construction of the first prototype. It shows what can be done when universities, hospitals and industry work together for the national good. “

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