Manufacturing companies around the world are trying hard to produce large quantities of respirators due to the huge demand for them to face the emerging corona virus, which is spreading at an accelerating rate in Europe and the United States in particular.
Along with a shortage of masks and gloves, the spread of the epidemic in almost every corner of the world has highlighted the urgent need for specialized devices to help people survive.
Several companies in the United States and Europe are working to produce large numbers of respirators to meet the increasing demand for them in order to save the lives of thousands of injured people.
Kiran Murphy, president of General Electric Health Care, spoke of an unprecedented demand for medical equipment, including ventilators.
The group has employed more workers and is now working non-stop.
The Swedish Gettingen Group is also increasing production to meet the explosive growth in demand for this equipment worldwide.
The group said in a statement that all equipment normally used for training or exhibitions would be provided to customers immediately.
As for the French company, “Air Liquide”, it plans to increase the production of ventilators from 500 units per month to 1100 next April.
And while Dreger, the German medical technology giant, has announced that it has doubled the number of ventilators it produces, the German government has asked Leufenstein to provide 6,500 breathing apparatus within the next three months.
Leufenstein began to increase production in February due to the high demand for these devices from China.
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World leaders have turned to industry groups with the know-how and ability to help hospitals.
In a tweet on Twitter, US President Donald Trump gave the green light to “Ford”, “General Motors” and “Tesla” to help boost the production of respirators.
For its part, said the French “BSE” group – which owns the companies “Peugeot” and “Citroen” – it is considering joining the companies that manufacture these medical devices.
In eastern France, which is severely affected by the Corona virus, an operator at the University of Belfort, Montpelier, is working on a prototype for a respirator.
In France, too, officials said the outbreak of the Corona virus had weighed on hospitals as some of its intensive care units became sick, warning that they ran the risk of running out of basic equipment.
Earlier this month, the Italian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensive Care Unit staff discussed setting a maximum age for admission of the injured.
The former president of the French Federation of Anesthesiologists and Staff of the Care Unit Olivier de Cooke noted that there is an urgent need for personnel and protective equipment more than devices.
He explained that in the intensive care unit, it is common to place those infected with the Corona virus on their stomachs, which requires five people.