In Coronavirus pandemic situation leading sportswear brand Decathlon has transformed snorkeling masks into ventilators for coronavirus patients. The sporting goods company has used forward-thinking to do its part in the effort against the virus. The French retailer is not typically known for medical manufacturing.
This brand also working alongside a Rome based research institute to convert its snorkeling masks into much-needed ventilator masks for hospitals around the country.
According to the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (ISINNOVA), where researchers have used 3D printing to redesign the Easybreath line of underwater snorkels. They successfully created a new crucial element that connects the mask to a ventilator, and this makeshift mask could soon be used in hospitals all over the world.
This innovation initially supported Italian hospitals but is now being offered in other countries. The Head Physician of the Gardone Valtrompia hospital in Italy contacted ISINNOVA to help solving the shortage of ventilator masks. The Institute then made contact with Decathlon and the sportswear giant promptly created blueprints of the new mask.
Now health professionals can buy the makeshift masks from Decathlon, and ISINNOVA has released video instructions on its proper use.