An air sterilization device innovated by researchers from Timisoara Polytechnic University has been prototyped for local hospitals that could use it in the fight against the new coronavirus. Up at this moment, the prototype has reached the lab testing phase, and the preliminary results are promising, the university announced. They also mentioned that intensive care doctors already appreciated the product. The device is currently being tested in a laboratory on an intensive care ventilator. The Oncogen Institute will provide the necessary infrastructure for the microbiological tests.
“Research groups from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara have developed the prototype of a device that sterilizes the air exhaled by patients, which can be used in intensive care units, and could be especially useful now, in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and not only,” the university wrote on their Facebook page.
“The operation of the device is based on the reduction of the microbiological load by exposing to the UVC radiation of the air exhaled by the critically ill patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, which are mechanically intubated and ventilated. The device is connected to the exhaust port of the ventilator, which currently communicates freely with the atmosphere.”
Once the tests are completed and the product is ready to be used by hospitals, Timisoara Polytechnic University intends to patent the device.
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