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Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

INTEC delivers 38 fans to the Ministry of Public Health

The university accelerates the manufacture of the total of 300 fans that it promised to deliver to the country, with the support of a multidisciplinary team of its students, teachers, collaborators and graduates, external donors and private companies

SANTO DOMINGO. At times when a increase of the cases de COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic, and a reduction de capabilities of the Intensive Care Units at the national level, the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) delivered the Ministry of Public Health a new batch of Air INTEC mechanical fan, manufactured by the university, with which achieves the 38 units manufactured to help face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local health system.

The university accelerated the manufacture of the total of 300 units of mechanical ventilators or Ambu (Airway Mask Bag Unit, in English) that it promised to deliver, 100 of which were paid for by the Ministry of Public Health, after the signing of an agreement of collaboration. The remaining 200 units are being manufactured with the contributions of members of the internal community, as well as external donors such as the Government of the People's Republic of China, private entities and individuals who have joined the cause. 

In mid-May, the Rector of INTEC, Rolando M. Guzmán, delivered the first units to the Minister of Public Health, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, which have been put into operation in the Santo Socorro Maternal and Child Hospital, Center for Advanced Medicine y Telemedicine (CEDIMAT), Health Square, among other centers in the country. With the new delivery, fans have been sent to the Santiago Metropolitan Hospital (HOMS), The Corominas clinics y Unión Médicaas well as the IInstitute of Maternal and Child Medical Specialties of Santiago, among others.  

The device, manufactured by an INTEC multidisciplinary team, was rated functional after two types of tests; the first, in a simulated and controlled manner at the INTEC Medical Simulation Laboratories, and the second, was performed on humans at the Marcelino Vélez Santana hospital, the latter supervised by the Minister of Public Health.

The Air INTEC mechanical fan represents an estimated investment of US $ 800 per unit, based on costs of materials, imports, shipments and manufacturing, significantly lower than what it would entail by means of regular assembly. Each piece of equipment delivered has a user manual for health personnel. It is being assembled at the facilities of the Rockwell Automation company, located in the Las Américas Industrial Park, which has transferred its production lines to the project.

Air INTEC is based in part on the model of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, of the United States) and whose plans were released as Open Source, but contains important improvements to facilitate its manufacture. and operation in the Dominican Republic.

Joining efforts

The institutions that joined INTEC in the manufacture of mechanical fans are the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, AES Dominicana, the ministries of Public Health, Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCyT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plásticos Multiform, Mafia de la Peña de los Fumadores, Rockwell, FARCO, the Institute of Professional Technical Training (INFOTEP), JPIM, Machmaker, Mecaproject, TSM, ADERCA, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Acrylics DR and Tony Rodamientos.

INTEC also thanked the collaboration of graduates Gustavo Ripoll, Adrián Martínez and Omar Pool, of the technical team; as well as Jordi Portet, José Luis de Ramón, José Manuel Cabrera, Ramón Jiménez, Luis Octavio Rivero, Víctor Martínez, Javier Fernández and Gray Guzmán.

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