The Diamedica Helix Portable Ventilator is a pneumatically-operated ventilator that can be driven by an oxygen concentrator, reserve oxygen cylinder, or air compressor. The device is available in two versions: adult/pediatric and pediatric/neonate.
Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, North Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
The product is designed and manufactured in the UK.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can obtain this product directly from the manufacturer.
Distributions to Date Status
The ventilator is a gas-driven, electrically-powered ventilator. It is a time-cycled, volume limited, pressure ventilator with vertically mounted bellows inside a polycarbonate case and driven by a pneumatic piston. It can be used for both short- and long-term ventilation.
Provided by the manufacturer
The components that make patient contact are made from autoclavable materials and as such can be reused. The main replacement components include a self-inflating bag, silicone tube, and a 22F- 15M straight connector.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Manufacturer specified performance targets include: lightweight, minimal use of supplied oxygen, easily transportable.
Vetted Performance Status
The system should be operated by a trained medical professional that can assess the needs of the patient and adjust the system accordingly.
Complementary Technical Systems
The system is battery operated and as such requires a power source to be recharged. The system can take an input between 100-240V. The system can be used in conjunction with Diamedica's anesthesia machines.
Academic Research and References
C. E. Cox, S. S. Carson, J. H. Lindquist, M. K. Olsen, J. A. Govert, and L. Chelluri, Differences in one-year health outcomes and resource utilization by definition of prolonged mechanical ventilation: A prospective cohort study, Crit. Care, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1–11, Jan. 2007, doi: 10.1186/cc5667.
M. Unroe et al., One-year trajectories of care and resource utilization for recipients of prolonged mechanical ventilation: A cohort study, Ann. Intern. Med., vol. 153, no. 3, pp. 167–175, Aug. 2010, doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-153-3-201008030-00007.
M. A. Rojas et al., Very early surfactant without mandatory ventilation in premature infants treated with early continuous positive airway pressure: A randomized, controlled trial, Pediatrics, vol. 123, no. 1, pp. 137–142, Jan. 2009, doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-3501.
Compliance with regulations
Won the International Innovation of the Year and the Solution of the Year awards at the 2017 Africa Healthcare Summit.