Subsea technology firm Unique Group has announced the successful completion of beta testing on its Uni-Life 100, a non-invasive positive pressure ventilation system.

The system, which was developed in Cape Town, has been designed to aid African countries in the fight against Covid-19. It utilises continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), incorporating a compact gas blending and supply system that can blend air and enriched oxygen in line with the requirements of individual patients. An inflatable transparent vinyl hood is placed over patients’ heads, allowing them to breathe comfortably.

Unique Group Africa director of operations Rodney McKechnie said: ““We are proud to have locally designed and tested the compact Uni-Life 100 positive pressure ventilating system, and we are now ready to mass produce. Through our life support and hyperbaric medical equipment, we have been committed to saving lives globally; the inhouse-designed ventilation system now helps raise awareness of our regional capabilities during these incredibly challenging times.”