25 March 2020 – First prototype of emergency respirator has been developed

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Universities

Overview: Public universities make available to health authorities a prototype of a low-cost assisted ventilator for primary care. A group of engineers, physicists, and professors of Arts from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) managed to build an emergency respirator for patients with COVID-19. This could be used freely in the country in primary care. This emergency system automates a manual respirator, which is controlled by one person and is used for the primary care of those suffering from the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Full details here: https://www.ucr.ac.cr/noticias/2020/03/25/respiradores-de-emergencia-para-pacientes-con-covid-19-podrian-ser-de-facil-construccion.html

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic
Evidence/Justification: A group of engineers, physicists and professors of Arts came together to design the ventilator