TSU scientists have patented a device and software for lung training for people with long-term COVID-19 conditions. It comprises a ventilator and a device for registering the profile of volatile metabolites, created previously for diagnosing various diseases based on exhaled air. It will improve the quality of patients’ life and speed up the recovery process.
The doctors say that the long-term effects are caused by lung system failure: heavy breathing, chronic fatigue, concentration loss, and loss of cognitive functions due to lack of oxygen to the brain. To solve this problem, TSU scientists have invented a software and hardware system for physiotherapeutic training and lung disease prevention, working with doctors from Tomsk clinics and COVID hospitals.
The developers say that ventilators have all the necessary functions to train the lung system: it regulates atmospheric pressure, oxygen percentage, and other necessary parameters. The device for registering the profile of volatile metabolites in the exhaled air created at TSU analyzes changes that occur in the body during an illness.
The device is not hard to manufacture. The developers say that after the COVID incidence rate drops, many ventilators in intensive care units will stand idle. A simple re-equipment will help people go back to normal life and regain the ability to work, which will positively affect the country’s economy.
TSU patented this technology in July 2021. Currently the university is searching for an industrial partner who will be able to manufacture these critically needed rehabilitation devices.