Team Member(s): Sahil Bellare, Elizabeth Coyle, Thomas Gallerani, Nicole Gervasi, Aaron Katz. Filip Popovic
Project Mentor(s): Lekshmi Kumar M.D. and Samuel Shartar
Class Year: 2016
The team developed G-Flex, a non-invasive ventilation device, to be used in the EMS setting as well as the hospital setting. In an ambulance, there are two people—one person driving and one person in the back. Devices on the market now are very difficult to use with one person and often lead to ventilation failure and resorting to invasive ventilation which has a high failure rate in the ambulance. G-Flex tackles the problem of a faulty seal around the airway leading to ventilation failure. G-Flex fixes this problem by replacing the thick non-elastic bladder with a thin but durable elastic bladder filled with IP-protected gel. This allows the bladder to spread across the face and better adapt to various facial structures and features. An additional feature is that the body of the device has a more ergonomic design for people with smaller hands to prevent ventilation failure from occurring due to lack of grip on the device. This device improves patient outcomes, saves time, money, and results in fewer patient complications.