During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, PBL contributed to the emergency by leveraging its skills and know-how to design and manufacture a cheap but effective mechanical ventilator: the ABU v01. The entire proces that includes also the CE mark, took less than less than 2 months.
ABU v01 is a CE-marked medical device that transforms the traditional AMBU device into a real Assist-Control Ventilator (ACV) and Pressure-Support Ventilator (PSV), for ICU, through the implementation of advanced flow and pressure sensors and a high-precision feedback system. ABU can be used for both invasive and non-invasive (NIV) ventilation. The device is able to automate the ventilation process by operating the traditional AMBU system.
ABU v01 allows users to electronically monitor and control the following functions:
PEEP pressure (i.e., minimum positive pressure at end of expiration)
Maximum Peak Pressure
Peak Inspiratory Pressure (PIP)
Support Pressure (for assisted mode)
Inspiratory and expiratory time ratio
FiO2 (21%, 45% and 99%). Other ranges can be obtained with oxygen blenders