University of Glasgow develop new low-cost ventilator

01 July 2020

GlasVent, the new low-cost ventilator developed by a team of engineers at the University of Glasgow, could help keep critically ill people alive long enough to either receive hospital care or recover

GlasVent is an automatic variant of the bag valve mask and was programmed using an Arduino microcontroller to monitor the movement of a 3D-printed slide crank that produces a pressing action on the sides of the bag, to provide air to the patient.

GlasVent has three variants, including a mains-powered, a fully manual and a battery-powered version; with a build cost in the range of £35 - £135 making the system ideal for developing world countries

You can watch their initial video proposal for their first prototype on YouTube

The team initially started working on the project when there was a considerable demand for ventilators during the early stages of the UK’s COVID-19 outbreak. If cases were to peak again, the production of the system could be significantly scaled-up to allow for essential ventilatory support to patients

University of Glasgow