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Newly approved oxygen device could be game changer for hospitals with low supply

11 January 2021 6:11 PM
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Sahpra
Covid-19 patient
OxERA
OxERA device
Umoya Project
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Dr Craig Parker
oxygen supply

Medicines regulator Sahpra has approved the Umoya OxERA device, a new medical innovation created to help save Covid-19 patients in hospitals.

The Oxera (Oxygen-Efficient Respiratory Aid) device is a proudly South African innovation developed by a group of volunteers known as the Umoya Project.

It's an all-in-one device using an oxygen accumulator bag, anaesthetic mask and an adjustable mechanical peep valve that is simple, cost-effective and oxygen efficient.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has approved the OxERA device for emergency Covid-19 use.

The device will be produced and distributed by medical device manufacturer Gabler Medical.

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Dr Craig Parker, the lead doctor on the Umoya Project, says the OxERA device bridges the gap between standard oxygen therapy via face masks and ICU-based non-invasive or mechanical ventilation.

He believes that it will be a game-changer in low resource hospitals with insufficient bulk oxygen supplies.

Dr. Parker says the manufacturer is scaling up production with the hopes of producing 15,000 units a week.

The Umoya Project started as a group of East London-based volunteers, including doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs, and has now grown into a humanitarian organisation with nationwide reach.

This is quite unique. It takes the benefits of an oxygen mask and it adds some of the components of non-invasive ventilation onto that simple oxygen mask and 'fills the gap' between the devices that we have available at the moment.

Dr Craig Parker, Lead doctor - Umoya Project

It allows you to extend your therapy with limited resources into new territory.

Dr Craig Parker, Lead doctor - Umoya Project

It's been so successful in our trials... We have been testing this device sing mid-2020 and refining it. We were trying to find something that would be easy to use for the average hospital worker in a hospital that had constrained oxygen supply.

Dr Craig Parker, Lead doctor - Umoya Project

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11 January 2021 6:11 PM
Tags:
Sahpra
Covid-19 patient
OxERA
OxERA device
Umoya Project
medical invention
Dr Craig Parker
oxygen supply

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