BMS maker Abertax produces prototype ventilator to help Covid-19 patients in Malta

BMS maker Abertax produces prototype ventilator to help Covid-19 patients in Malta

BMS maker Abertax produces prototype ventilator to help Covid-19 patients in Malta 150 150 Batteries International

April 23, 2020: Battery monitoring systems designer Abertax has designed a prototype ventilator that can be used by two Covid-19 patients at a time, president George Schembri told BESB on April 22.

Following a request from the Maltese government’s health authorities, the company is adapting its BMS and adding a respiratory function to enable oxygen to be supplied to two patients at once, while the equipment at the same time monitors the entire operation in safety and according to patients’ requirements.

The prototype is ready and awaiting approval, when it will be available to hospitals in Malta.

“The expertise of our engineers in R&D, including our CEO Malcolm Tabone, in sensor and battery monitoring technology, coupled with design, programming and manufacture of similar advanced equipment, has proved to be instrumental through this collective effort,” said Schembri.

“Our chairman, professor Joseph Cilia, has been asked if Abertax would help, due to its expertise – owing to shortage of such ventilators/respirators in Malta.”

Malta so far has counted 444 cases of Covid-19 and three deaths, and health authorities are swabbing 1,000 people a day. The population of Malta and Gozo is around 500,000.

“This was an example of teamwork in action, including our engineers and staff working remotely,” said Schembri. “It’s a clear and practical example of necessity being the mother of invention.”