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MASI ventilators: PUCP researchers publish an article about this project in a journal by Elsevier

The creators of popular low-cost mechanical ventilators shared their experience in indexed journal HardwareX by Elsevier.

  • Author:
    Fiorella Palmieri

The great innovation work of the MASI Project has already reached international level: the scientific journal HardwareX by the Elsevier group published an article by its creators. In this academic work, our researchers explain how they manufactured and implemented the low-cost ventilators of the aforementioned project, which is in operation in health-care facilities in Lima, Chiclayo and Loreto.

The publication is entitled “Masi: A mechanical ventilator based on a manual resuscitator with telemedicine capabilities for patients with ARDS during the COVID-19 crisis”. The translation into Spanish is «Masi: un ventilador mecánico basado en un reanimador manual con capacidades de telemedicina para pacientes con SDRA durante la crisis de COVID-19.” The 21-page, free-downloadable text offers valuable information so that the international scientific community, business people and people in general can develop this medical technology.

After this publication, the following step is to continue with the validation research of use and operation in preclinical and clinical contexts".

Fanny Casado, Ph. D.
Toxicologist of the MASI Validation team.

«In this article, we present a low-cost, portable ventilator that could be rapidly manufactured to meet the growing demand caused by the pandemic,» states theabstract of the publication. These ventilators must have functional capacity to treat patients with COVID-19 and with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), outlines the document.

Contribution to the world

For the creators of MASI, disseminating this technology in a scientific journal such as HardwareX is an indicator of the quality of their research. Getting an article published in this journal is not easy: in November 2020, the article was submitted for review and approval for publication was granted after four months.

“Publishing with Elsevier is important because it validates the quality of our article. There we explain in detail how the ventilator is manufactured”, says Dr. Benjamín Castañeda, general coordinator of the project. The scientist adds that, in this way, they fulfilled the commitment to give open access to the data so that researchers, companies and interested people can develop and implement it.

The free and open dissemination of all the information regarding the MASI project was from the beginning agreed by the partners”.

Eng. Javier Chang
General manager of Diacsa, a technology development company.

With this article we want to make a positive impact not only among the general public but also among scientists in the region."

Dr. Sandra Pérez Buitrago
Professor and coordinator of the Clinical Engineering area of the Biomedical Engineering academic program of PUCP-UPCH.

Researchers from PUCP and from partner institutions of the MASI project who participated in this article

• Eng. Javier Chang, Diacsa.
• Industrial designer Augusto Acosta, Zolid Design.
• Eng. Jorge Benavides-Aspiazu, Energy Automation Technologies and Department of Engineering at PUCP.
• Eng. Jaime Reátegui, Brein.
• Eng. Christiam Rojas, Diacsa and Department of Engineering at PUCP.
• Jordi Cook, Energy Automation Technologies and Department of Engineering at PUCP.
• Eng. Richard Nole, Energy Automation Technologies and Department of Engineering at PUCP.
• Eng. Luigi Giampietri, Zolid Design.
• Eng. Sandra Pérez-Buitrago, professor and researcher of the Department of Engineering at PUCP.
• Fanny L. Casado, M. Sc. professor of the Department of Engineering and researcher of the Institute for Omic Sciences and Applied Biotechnology (ICOBA-PUCP).
• Benjamín Castañeda, Ph.D. professor and researcher of the Department of Engineering at PUCP.

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