A new invasive medical ventilator developed by the medical arm of mining equipment supplier Gekko Systems of Ballarat, has undergone testing in the medical training facility at Ballarat Base Hospital.
The GeVentor, developed by Gekko’s technical director, Sandy Gray, underwent usability testing in collaboration with BIRCH, Deakin University, and anaesthetist Doug Paxton
A simulation dummy, “Sim Man” (pictured), was used to provide a real-life responsive environment.
Medical staff including ICU nurses were trained in the use of the GeVentor and then given various patient scenarios and asked to apply the ventilator to respond to patient symptoms.
The process both proved up the ease of use of the unit and provided insight into how the usability of the device could be streamlined.
Gekko Medical and its’ collaborators continue to work with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), seeking a Letter of Permission for exemption, allowing the ventilator to be released onto the market.
The Gekko Medical ventilator is simple to operate, robust, portable, inexpensive and, most importantly, it will save people’s lives, according to the company.
Picture: Gekko Medical
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