COVID-19: MBSA donates 1000 breathing devices, helping to reduce the burden on SA public health facilities

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has on Thursday announced  it donated life-saving devices to South African hospitals to help combat the scourge of coronavirus.

The Premium carmaker said it donated 500 non-invasive and life-saving Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing devices to hospitals in Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, and North West, adding that another 500 devices have already been delivered to the Eastern Cape in October.

MBSA CEO and Executive Director Manufacturing, Andreas Engling said the UCL-Ventura CPAP devices originally redesigned by a team comprising engineers from Mercedes-AMG High-Performance Powertrains, University College London, and University College London Hospital clinicians were approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

“The provision of the CPAP respirator devices is timely. They will support and better equip public hospitals and patients to deal with potential future surges of COVID-19.

Engling said with the recent surge in infections, the devices have proven to help keep coronavirus patients with breathing difficulties out of intensive care and also reduce the burden on public health facilities.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure breathing devices

“CPAP breathing devices help patients with severe respiratory problems to breathe more easily when oxygen has proven to be insufficient. The CPAP devices are non-invasive and provide constant and constant pressure to keep the lungs expanded. Hospital data has indicated that about 50% of patients who received CPAP have avoided the need for invasive mechanical ventilation,” Engling said.

During the pandemic, said Engling Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s priority has been to preserve the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which the company operates.

As a socially responsible corporate citizen, the donation of the devices demonstrates our determination to work with all social partners to combat COVID-19 in South Africa,” said Engling.

More information on Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s other COVID-19 response efforts is available here: https://corporate.mercedes-benz.co.za/mbsa-newsletter/mbsa-covid-19-response/.

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