In order to address the emergency situation caused by SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the consequent deficiency of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) to preserve Medical Personnel (MP) and patients health, IIT decided to apply its Staff know-how to modify existing equipment, meant for other usages, in protective devices for MP or patients.
In particular, IIT decided to transform Cressi’s full-face snorkelling masks, into medical personnel protection masks. Assuming that the medical personnel is healthy and breaths out pathogen-free air we focused on optimizing the filtration of the airflow into the mask.
In particular, IIT decided to transform full-face masks snorkelling masks, into face ventilation masks for patients in intensive care. The challenge consists in adapting the “ordinary” diving masks selected to receive oxygen airflow in and control the exit of contaminated airflow out after the patients have been breathing. The goal we achieved is to allow these modified masks to be functionally connected to the ventilation machineries currently in use in most hospitals.