Spring 2021

Innovate to ventilate

The InVictoTM ventilator, designed rapidly last year by JFD, has been named as the winner of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic initiatives award by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). It has also been named joint winner of the healthcare and medical Covid response category at The Engineer magazine’s annual Collaborate to Innovate awards.

InVictoTM is a breathing support ventilator which delivers breathing air and oxygen to patients suffering from acute Covid-19 symptoms, as a more sophisticated evolution of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems currently being used in many hospitals. It offers a treatment solution that is designed to support patient breathing with high levels of oxygen enrichment and to avoid dangerous Invasive ventilation treatment. 

The project was initiated in 2020 in response to a request from the UK Government for rapid manufacture ventilator systems to meet unprecedented demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘Our extensive knowledge and experience in providing breathing apparatus for diving and medical hyperbaric systems meant we had the expertise and technology, but given the complex nature of the project and the pressing time imperative, collaboration was instrumental to its success’ 

says JFD managing director, Danny Gray

In order to pull in experts from a wide range of fields a consortium value chain was created to bring in Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Angus 3D Solutions, MDU, Royal Brompton Hospital, Narayana Health and Innovhealth.

The InVictoTM system is currently undergoing a clinical trial in Bangalore, India which is a randomised trial of 240 patients comparing InVicto treatment efficacy against traditional CPAP devices.

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