The University of Twente (UT) is developing a snorkel mask suitable for ventilation at intensive care units. Researchers from the UT spent the past week designing and testing this new type of respiratory mask. About twenty to thirty percent of the corona patients in hospitals are eligible for this type of mask.
The mask completely encloses the patient’s head and is based on an Italian example. The UT is testing with snorkel masks from outdoor store Decathlon. For these masks, a 3D-printed coupling piece is made to insert the breathing hose.
These masks relieve the capacity of the intensive care units, because the transfer from a regular hospital ward to the IC can be postponed. The design is already being applied in France and expansion to other countries can follow soon.