PT Ceria Nugraha Indotama (CNI), a nickel mining company that holds a Mining and Production Operation License in Kolaka Regency, Southeast Sulawesi, partakes in national movement to tackle the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).
One of which is by donating a ventilator to a number of Covid-19 referral hospitals’ patients in Indonesia.
The ventilator, COVENT-20, is an innovation developed by the University of Indonesia (UI).
“We plan to donate 100 COVENT-20 ventilators to hospitals.” We have donated 4 ventilators to two hospitals, Cibinong Regional Hospital, West Java and Benyamin Galuh Hospital, Kolaka Regency,” said Derian Sakmiwata, President Director of PT Ceria Nugraha Indotama, Monday (1/6/2020).
According to Derian, this support is part of PT CNI’s social responsibility to care and contribute to the nation which currently needs support from all elements in the country.
“We hope that many businesses will support the UI innovation. Moreover, this COVENT-20 is the work of 100% Indonesian-made product, so it can help hospitals in the country in treating Covid-19 patients,” he added.
To note, this COVENT-20 ventilator has been declared to have passed the product test for CMV and CPAP ventilation modes at the Jakarta Health Facilities Safety Center (BPFK) on April 29, 2020.
Furthermore, COVENT-20 is scheduled for the pre-clinical trial process with animal experiments at the Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute of the Faculty of Medicine UI (IMERI FKUI) and clinical trials at designated hospitals, as well as production with industrial partners.
At this initial stage, UI is targeting to produce 1,000 ventilators in one month to be distributed to the COVID-19 referral hospital through collaborative donations from various parties as coordinated by the UI Engineering Faculty Alumni Association (ILUNI FTUI).
This team is a collaboration of researchers at the UI Faculty of Engineering (FTUI), the UI Medical Faculty (FKUI), the UI Hospital (RSUI), the Health Polytechnic of the Ministry of Health, Jakarta, Department of Electromedical Engineering and RSUP Persahabatan Jakarta.
The superiority of COVENT-20 is that, in addition to being more cost-effective in production, this innovation is also more compact, portable, energy efficient, and easy to operate. Thus, safe to use for PDP (Patients Under Supervision) and confirmed Covid-19 patients, for travelling from home or in between the observation and isolation rooms.
The Head of the UI Ventilator Team, Basari, explained, in practice there are two types of ventilators. Namely ventilators used in the ICU room in full mode, and transport ventilators, which usually only has one mode and can be used in emergency conditions.
Regarding COVENT-20 ventilation mode, Basari revealed that the multimode ventilation used on this ventilator is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mode system for PDP patients who are usually still conscious.
“So, patients are assisted by channelling oxygen to the lungs, while the Continuous Mandatory Ventilation (CMV) mode is used for confirmed Covid-19 patients with symptoms of severe pneumonia who cannot regulate their breathing. Therefore, it needs to be controlled with CMV mode. This ventilator is also equipped with Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP),” he added.
While FTUI Dean, Hendri DS Budiono said, the cost of making COVENT-20 is lower when compared to the types of commercial transport ventilators available today.
“COVENT-20 also has multimode ventilation, is energy efficient with lithium-ion batteries, has a compact and simple shape, easy operation, and uses a bacterial filter so it is safe to use for both PDP and confirmed Covid-19 patients,” he explained.
At present, FTUI is preparing a production line collaboration with several companies as the main fabrication partners, both BUMN and BUMD for the supply chain of the ventilator components.
This is in line with President Joko Widodo’s direction related to reducing Indonesia’s dependence on imported medical devices.
“We hope that the ventilator innovation made by UI is able to meet the needs of Indonesian hospitals,” he concluded. (ATN)
(By AsiaToday.id – June 1, 2020 in Corporation)