The Automated Ambu Bag System

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There is a dire need to invest in intermediate care bridging from the resuscitative efforts in the Emergency Departments and the supportive care offered by the intensive care units in Uganda. There is a high prevalence of missed opportunities for patients requiring advanced ventilatory support in ICUs at Emergency Units. This is due to there being only 55 Intensive Care beds with Mechanical Ventilators for a population of close to 40 million in Uganda. The Automated Ambu Bag System (AABS) is designed to provide controlled ventilatory support to patients with respiratory failure. The project is aimed at utilizing existing and relatively affordable bagging technology providing vital features of an Advanced Ventilatory Support System. The device will offer intermediate-advanced respiratory support to patients in the transition to the ICU, which usually takes up to one week in our setting.