GeVentor emergency hospital ventilators made by Gekko Medical of Ballarat in Victoria have been delivered to Tasmania through a purchase by Dale Elphinstone’s Elphinstone Group.
Dale Elphinstone made his fortune manufacturing mining equipment and is a major shareholder in the Gekko Group of companies, which also manufactures mineral processing equipment.
Elphinstone has purchased six GeVentors, a simple, ruggedised design developed to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, and donated them to the Department of Health for use in Tasmanian hospitals.
The units, known for their low cost and suitability for use in ICU settings, will be added to the state’s stockpile for Covid and non-Covid emergency use.
According to Gekko: “The unit has attracted interest from humanitarian organisations that aim to supply ventilators to
developing countries, with the affordability and sturdy construction of the GeVentor of particular
benefit in these settings.”
Picture: from left to right: Andrew Edmondston, Dale Elphinstone, Sandy Gray, Minister Roger Jaensch, Professor Robert Fassett, Dr Serhzad Kunwar
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