Pneupac VR1 has been described as “the best hand-held ventilator in the world”.
At Smiths Medical, we conceived, designed, patented, verified, approved, manufactured and launched this brand new range of hand-held, emergency ventilators. The VR1 is used in emergency resuscitation and transport of patients who have respiratory failure. The VR1 has automatic and manually triggered modes and is suitable for adults and children over 10kg and is designed for use in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment up to 3 Tesla. We also developed a compatible range of patient circuits and accessories such as the chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear (CBRN) circuit, as well as other masks and filters.
The CBRN circuit is used with the VR1 Airmix variant to conserve oxygen supply when operating in a contaminated area in mass toxic casualty scenarios as it allows spontaneous breathing of filtered air should the supply gas fail. A customised, rubber moulding was created to interface to the CBRN canister, as per patent WO2007088330.