17 Nov 2020

Covid-19: Canterbury engineers invent life-saving device

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:15 pm on 17 November 2020

Canterbury University engineers have invented a new device that could save lives as Covid cases surge around the world. 

Known as the ACTIV system for short, it means two patients can use a ventilator at the same time. 

Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase, from Canterbury University's Mechanical Engineering department and Centre for Bio-Engineering, joins Jesse to explain the benefits.

To see how the device works, watch the US Minds video here.

Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase and UC Engineering PhD student Lui Holder-Pearson.

Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase and UC Engineering PhD student Lui Holder-Pearson. Photo: Canterbury University

The device, which is known as the ACTIV system, means two patients can use a ventilator at the same time.

The device, which is known as the ACTIV system, means two patients can use a ventilator at the same time. Photo: Canterbury University