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Polyvent

Need Ventilators with minimal functionality that can be mass-produced for development countries. Goal Evaluate whether it is reasonable to increase ventilation capacities in countries with resource-limited clinical infrastructure and how the pathway for the industrialization of a minimal-function ventilator in Switzerland could look like. Establish a decision basis for the Executive Board of the ETH…

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Standardized Testing Facility for Low-Cost Ventilators

Need Current ventilator development for the COVID-19 pandemic needs standardized testing. Accurate testing enables fast design cycles and efficient product development to enable an effective certification process of lost-cost ventilators. Goal Based on international standards, a test chest, and a dummy head both provided by the simulation center of the University Hospital Zurich, standardized tests…

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Next-Generation, Low-Cost Ventilator for Developing Countries

Need Low and middle-income countries with more fragile medical systems are in great need of low-cost ventilators to raise the capacity of their healthcare systems. They are likely to be left out of the current surge in ventilator development for COVID-19 in developed countries.  Goal We are a team of engineers, an industrial designer and…

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Care homes emergency support

Need Elderly homes are a high-risk area during a pandemic since the residents an at-risk group, and cannot be completely isolated. Handling of the situation needs to consider that many of the residents may show dementia, and the staff usually lacks thorough training for pandemic situations Goal We, as a team of studied experts in…

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Tracking Test Samples

Need COVID-19 test samples must be collected and transported from a hospital to a laboratory where they are analyzed. The turnover time (time between taking a sample and getting a result) is approximately 24 hours. This is too long for priority samples, where a turnover time of 6 hours is targeted. At the moment, it…

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App/Platform for internal communication of crucial information and Chatbot

Need Every day new information and rules about COVID-19 are decided. This information must be distributed as quickly and easily as possible to nurses, doctors, and all other people. At the moment, this is a tedious process. The information is sent individually to selected people in departments, who should then pass it to their people.…

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COUGHVID

AI-Based App for COVID-19 Screening Using Coughing In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, mass coronavirus testing has proven essential to governments in monitoring the spread of the disease, isolating infected individuals, and effectively “flattening the curve” of infections over time [1]. However, this oropharyngeal swab test is physically invasive and must be performed by…

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Hygiene rules for personnel of elderly homes during work and leisure time

Need Preventing COVID-19 entrance in elderly homes Elderly homes are completely locked down. There are only two entry points for the COVID-19. Either through the acceptance of new patients infected before entering the home or through staff members. This project focuses on staff members. They constantly need to remember to behave safely during their leisure…

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Oxygen tubing for emergency hospitals

Need To be ready for the potential high demand for hospital beds, emergency hospitals are being set up all around Switzerland. These facilities need an oxygen pipe system to distribute the oxygen from large fluid oxygen tanks to all intensive care beds (demand per bed 10 l/min on average). Copper pipelines are the industry standard…

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Production of Face Shields

Need Face shields serve as a prevention of infection transmission through face touching and direct contact with infected air. 3D printable face masks could be produced and used as an alternative to full-face masks. Goal Produce RC3.1 face shields: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc2 This project is being developed in close cooperation with anesthesiologist Dr. med. univ. Berthold Moser…