Breathing aid developed for Covid patients

A NEW breathing apparatus for non-ICU patients in need of respiratory assistance has been designed by the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

The device, suitable for patients who require ventilation support but are not in a critical condition, was designed and built from scratch by BIC engineers in co-operation with the respiratory therapy department, medical equipment department and intensive care doctors at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).

The BIC has been working with the Health Ministry to increase capacity of ventilator equipment which can be used for Covid-19 patients. Following regulatory approval of prototype from the ministry, first order of 100 machines is under production at the BIC facility.

The BIC is offering design blueprints free of charge to organisations around the world, as part of global efforts to increase the capacity of ventilators.


The moves come in support of national efforts spearheaded by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, to fight the pandemic.

BIC has designed two different machines, both of which meet the criteria set by SMC.

The first machine was created by design team lead and BIC mechanical engineer Kamel Al Taan with the other led by Tareq Al Tajer.

The breathing aids have been tested at SMC in conjunction with the BIC team led by BIC chief operating officer Fayez Ramzy Fayez with the endorsement of BIC chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa. Following these extensive tests, the machines have been approved for use by the ministry and designed in just under two weeks.


“At a time of global crisis, we have been seeking ways in which the BIC can support the fight against Covid-19,” said Mr Fayez.

“Our engineers have met that challenge by designing a ventilator system specifically to support those suffering from Covid-19.

“As this is a global effort, we are happy to make these designs available to other organisations around the world who are seeking to find similar solutions.”




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