The helmet technology was first developed in Europe and used extensively during COVID-19, but none were made or available for use in Canada.
“In the first wave of COVID, Italy found great success with it in keeping people off the ventilators,” says Macdonald.
However, the early prototypes had shortfalls, such as temperature and humidity issues. The Canada Hood Project is looking to address the flaws with innovative improvements.
If successful, Macdonald says the Canada Hood can be used in versatile settings to help patients and protect healthcare workers from viruses.
“You can use them in a nursing home, in a field hospital, places where you certainly won’t have the ability to use a ventilator,” he says.
The Canada Hood prototypes will be built by Crest Mold Technology Inc. in Oldcastle. Then in June and July, St. Clair College will test the efficacy of the product.
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