Israeli Device Could Help Treat Coronavirus Patients in China
The Fellowship | February 26, 2020
In an interview with the Times of Israel, Dr. Eliezer Be’eri explains why an Israeli device used to treat pneumonia victims will offer coronavirus patients a safer treatment and will hopefully go on sale in China in the next few months:
“The CoughSync machine is a device that automatically clears secretions from the airways of patients who are being mechanically ventilated, such as, for example, patients with acute viral pneumonia or patients with acute coronavirus infection,” Be’eri said.
“The machine connects to the ventilation tubing of the patient’s ventilator, and it automatically works to simulate a cough,” he added. “It removes secretions by creating airflow similar to that that occurs during a natural cough.”
Be’eri says that the device — which was developed long before the current coronavirus outbreak — is noninvasive and therefore does not have the potential complications of other treatments such as a suction catheter, and that the fact that it is automatic saves time for medical staff and shortens the patient’s time on the ventilator. He also says the machine is more effective than the existing treatments.