Mercedes-Benz help Northampton Hospital in fight against Covid-19

Northampton General Hospital has taken delivery of new breathing devices to be used in the fight against COVID-19.

The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices were made at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Brixworth in Northampton and designed by the University College London and Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP.)

The devices work by supporting patients to receive a steady flow of oxygen through their nose and mouth while wearing a mask.

This treatment reduces the effort it takes to breathe in, as the pressure from the oxygen supply helps the lungs to stay open.

The hospital says they will be using these new CPAP machines to treat covid-19 patients as part trials designed to improve care.

These new devices will help patients with covid-19 who need assistance to breathe more easily. The small device works with an oxygen mask to make sure the patient has enough oxygen going into their lungs. Using these CPAP devices means that we don’t always need to give more invasive treatment to patients and use a full ventilator machine. We will be using these new CPAP machines to treat our covid-19 patients as part of cutting edge trials designed to improve care.

MATTHEW METCALFE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR AT NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL

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