Kingston academics, health professionals join forces for ‘Code Life’ ventilator challenge

It’s an undertaking with plenty of meaning, especially during these times.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, faculty and students at Queen’s University have joined forces with health professionals from Kingston’s Health Sciences Centre to take on the “Code Life” ventilator challenge.

The challenge is a two week-sprint created by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Sonja Pejcic is a Masters Student in Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

“Our goal was to design a simple to use low-cost ventilator that can be manufactured in a quick amount of time, a very short time line, which we accomplished,” Pejcic told Global News.

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“We made a prototype within 10 days.”

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Dr. Tim Bryant is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Human Mobility Research Centre.

Bryant says the device isn’t ready to hook it up to a patient.

However, he does say the idea of the challenge was to get as far as you can in two weeks and then release these designs to other groups that may be interested in moving it forward.

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