The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) team in Taranto, Italy, has engaged in an innovative initiative to help tackling the shortage of ventilator masks during the coronavirus crisis. The team will produce 25 3D printed connectors on a weekly basis, converting snorkelling masks into emergency ventilator masks.
As the coronavirus spreads, many hospitals are running out of ventilator masks, a crucial piece of lifesaving medical equipment. To tackle this shortage, an Italian start-up specialised in 3D printing, ISINNOVA, has found a solution to make 3D printed connectors capable of converting a snorkelling mask into a functional C-PAP mask for oxygen therapy, a critical treatment to help people with severe cases of COVID-19.
The 3D printed prototype has proven to work correctly and the start-up has freely shared the design of the prototypes so it can be replicated in other places.