EVA 1.5 Emergency Ventilator – Team Consulting
In March 2020, it was predicted the UK would need over 30,000 additional ventilators to help support COVID-19 patients. While medical device design and development usually takes years, Team Consulting was asked by the UK Government to develop, manufacture and deliver safety critical ventilators in just six weeks.
The Emergency Ventilator Apparatus (EVA 1.5) was designed to be accessible in the worst conditions on a COVID-19 ward, allowing healthcare professionals to easily use the device in highly stressful situations. Under normal circumstances, ventilators are used by intensive care nurses and intensivists, however Team Consulting needed to create a device that could potentially be used by less experienced healthcare professionals if required. This called for clear and accessible set-up instructions in the final design. With potential disruptions to overseas trade, the ventilator also needed to be manufactured and sourced from UK parts to allow the UK Government to respond to the emerging crisis.
This was an unprecedented situation for medical device design and development, that called for fast innovation and pragmatic decisions at a time when little was known about the coronavirus and the healthcare system was at its most vulnerable. While the rest of the world went into lockdown, Team Consulting rapidly established a safe working environment and put together a multifunctional team working concurrently across design, engineering and human factors. The project team we assembled and our many partners committed themselves completely to this important task, working incredibly long hours across weekends and long into the night throughout the six-week period.
The Emergency Ventilator Apparatus (EVA 1.5) was developed and design frozen in 4 weeks, with verification, transfer to manufacture and technical file generation completed in just 6 weeks. The full EVA 1.5 design and development history has now been transferred to the UK Government and the Crown.