We at Combilift have drawn on our expertise in engineering and software design to develop the Combi-Ventilate, a splitter device which turns one ventilator into multiple ventilation stations to address the current Covid-19 emergency. Combi-Ventilate was developed by a team of mechatronic and software engineers within 5 weeks with a unit currently undergoing laboratory tests with Ger Curley Professor of Anaesthesia & Critical Care at Royal College of Surgeons in Beaumont hospital.
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Ventilateur d'USI

Fonctionne avec tous les ventilateurs de soins intensifs

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Filtre HEPA

Air comprimé à haute efficacité

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Control Valve

Vanne de régulation électronique du débit

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Capteur de débit

Récepteur de capteur de débit

Qu'est-ce que le Combi-Ventilate ?

Le Combi-Ventilate est un dispositif de séparation qui transforme un ventilateur en plusieurs stations de ventilation. Le Combi-Ventilate utilise des tuyaux et des raccords standard pour un montage facile et ses filtres individuels pour les patients empêchent toute contamination croisée. Chaque patient dispose d’un écran dédié qui permet aux professionnels de la santé de surveiller individuellement ses informations vitales. Cela inclut des valeurs en direct, des données sur l’historique et les statistiques du patient et des paramètres d’alarme réglables. Les caractéristiques comprennent des clapets anti-retour, des filtres HEPA, des capteurs de débit et une vanne de contrôle automatique du débit. Toute anomalie est détectée et ne déclenche l’alarme que pour le patient concerné. Le Combi-Ventilate est équipé de valves de contrôle du débit à réglage automatique qui permettent au professionnel de la santé de contrôler électroniquement le volume courant de chaque patient sans avoir à procéder à des réglages manuels.


Martin McVicar, CEO and co-founder Combilift said: “Certain countries and cities are struggling to get enough ventilators and many governments and health authorities are encouraging manufacturers to come up with a solution, as did the HSE in Ireland. Instead of actually developing ventilators we analysed what is really required, as we do in our usual business models.”

“We have made Combi-Ventilate under the same ethos and with the same objective as we do with all our the Combilift products – which is all about doing more with less,” said McVicar.

“We have undertaken this non-profit endeavour in order to meet and facilitate the demands of the global crisis for health services around the world, the lack or shortage of ventilators. The medical device sector is not our core business but making critical equipment which keeps people safe and alive has always been our focus and this latest project, driven by our desire to help during these difficult times, mirrors what our research and development has done for the last 20 years. If our product can save lives, if we can make a difference during these hard times then we are making the world a better place for everyone.”

“When we are developing equipment, we listen closely to our customers in order to perfect and improve the product. That approach in our collaboration with the HSE is what has really got us where we are today. This is very much designed as an attachment which can be added to any brand of ventilator. It costs a fraction of a standard ventilator and can be installed very easily into an ICU unit environment.

Ronnie McDermott, Conseiller National en Équipement de Dispositifs Médicaux, HSE

The Combi-Ventilate in addition to the normal concept of splitting a ventilator has added in monitoring and controls for each patient so that provides the clinician with assurances in using the system. It will be very useful in the developing world countries who may not have the luxury to go out and purchase many ventilators. Splitting a ventilator is now a viable solution.

Ministre des affaires, de l'entreprise et de l'innovation, Heather Humphreys TD

“Combilift have had huge success all over the world because their number one priority is finding solutions. That’s why it should be no surprise to see them stepping up to the plate in our national and global effort to defeat COVID-19. Their hallmark as a company is innovation and adaptability, and this splitter device is testament to that. I would like to commend them on their wonderful achievement and wish them every success as they bring the product to market.

Dr Michael Power, Responsable Clinique National, Programme de Soins Intensifs, Programmes Cliniques Nationaux, Conception et Innovation Cliniques, Bureau du Chef des Services Cliniques, HSE.

“The Combi-Ventilate is a safe and reliable attachment for ventilators for use in an ICU setting in that unwanted scenario where you have one ventilator for multiple patients. It removes that horrible dilemma. The Combi-Ventilate is safe and reliable. It is an engineered solution which delivers the correct volume of air to each patient and actually delivers the required amounts of air to each patient safely and reliably. The Combi-Ventilate project is an example of a collaboration between the engineering and the manufacturing industry and the Health Service Executive (HSE). It is an agile project which is completed inside of 5 weeks.

Julie Sinnamon, PDG, Enterprise Ireland

Irish companies are innovating in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is exciting to see Combilift, who have always been at the forefront of innovation in the forklift and handling sector, use its manufacturing expertise to develop the Combi-Ventilate, which will help address the urgent global demand for ventilators. I wish Combilift success with the development of this new product and we at Enterprise Ireland look forward to continuing to work with Combilift, and other Irish companies, as they continue to develop new and innovative solutions in response to the crisis.