A Northern Italian hospital in Brescia, one of the worst hit areas in coronavirus-stricken Italy, ran out of replacement valves for a reanimation device as the supplier had run out and was unable to procure any at short notice.
This is where a 3D company stepped in and printed replacement valves at short notice, saving lives.
3D printing saving lives
As the coronavirus targets the patient’s lungs, oxygenation and intensive care are required for some of the serious hospitalization cases. Being strapped to oxygen allows the patient to live longer so they can fight the virus.
An Italian hospital ran out of ICU valves. A local biz brought a 3D printer to the hospital, redesigned & produced the valves in a few hours.
“At the time of writing, 10 patients are accompanied in breathing by a machine that uses a 3D printed valve.”https://www.3dprintingmedia.network/covid-19-3d-printed-valve-for-reanimation-device/ …