When it comes to combating COVID-19, DKSH quickly adopted and improvised for new solutions. Business Unit Technology Thailand and Business Unit Healthcare Vietnam worked together to support Vietnam hospitals’ respirator back-up plan in case of shortage of CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines.
DKSH leverages its 3D printing demo machine to produce valve adapters that could be fitted for different types of scuba masks from various manufacturers e.g. Decathlon. When connected with the hospital oxygen outlets via these 3D printed adaptors, the masks become effective Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine which can sustain proper airway support to the patient. Whilst CPAP is usually associated with treating Sleep Apnea, it can also act as a Bridge-to-Ventilator for patients where there is a lack of Ventilators to treat all patients.
Within 3 days, DKSH produced 80 valves that fits various types of mask and air-shipped to deliver the goods to Vietnam the next day. Business Unit Healthcare Vietnam then presented the adaptors to the project team for final testing. Thankfully the need for these devices in Vietnam is now over. However, if there is a second wave of COVID-19 requiring these devices, we know we have the capability to quickly provide a solution to meet the needs of the country.
DKSH demonstrated our agility and innovativeness could make a difference in difficult times when we work together. Any questions or needs in regard to 3D printing, please don’t hesitate to contact us.