The Italian hospital ran out of valves for resuscitation. Then the local company printed them on a 3D printer

The printer was brought straight to the hospital.

Valves for critical care units: the original (left), printed on the printer (right) Photo Massimo Temporelli, Facebook

Doctors in Brescia (Italy) used 3D-printed valves for resuscitation units and saved patients. This was told by the director of the FabLab workshop in Milan Massimo Temporelli.

At the hospital in Brescia, where there are 250 infected Covid-19 people, valves for resuscitation units have run out. Doctors turned to the supplier of the equipment, but he said that he could not fill up the shortage in a short time. Then the doctors contacted the editor of the local publication Giornale di Brescia and asked for help. She consulted with Temporeli, who collaborated with the newspaper in technological projects.

He began calling local companies and asking if anyone could help the hospital. Christian Fracassi, founder of Isinnova, agreed and brought a 3D printer to the clinic. According to La Stampa, the equipment supplier refused to provide the hospital with valve drawings that could simplify the work. Despite this, the system worked and the printed valves were already applied to ten patients.

Later, local company Lonati joined Isinnova, and together they printed about a hundred valves.

Photo by Christian Fracassi, Facebook

After Temporelli told about the incident, other owners of 3D printers began to turn to him and offer help. But according to the director of Fablab, more hospital care is needed.

Fracassi also spoke about what happened. He said that in that situation, his team had no choice, since failure would be an “act of murder.” He also urged not to call them geniuses or heroes and asked to focus on doctors – “real heroes”.

According to Johns Hopkins University, in Italy more than 24 thousand infected with a new type of coronavirus, 1809 people died from it, 2335 recovered. Since March 10, Italy has restricted movement around the country, canceled sporting events and extended the “red zone” to its entire territory.

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