Current bed is £6000, my bed is £300. So 20 beds for the cost of one NHS bed and much faster as well… But before details, lets understand the Coronavirus bed problem itself. It is also imperative that you read the 6th consideration for design.
It appears this CORONAVIRUS will eat us all. The situation is even worse, it is not only eating away people but also devouring our national resources; as claimed by the panicked ministers and councillors. These dwindling resources include hospital staff, hospital beds, ventilators and other PPE.
It is not far flung that the hospital beds will soon run out.
Further, anyone diagnosed COVID19 positive, before going on ventilator, need to lay on a bed. Now Imagine!! There is no bed for you to even lay down. This situation is fast approaching.
Now this is not my prophecy, University of Cambridge believes more patients will need intensive care than the number of beds available in hospitals. Providing the “solution”, anxious and panicked “Prime Minister” warded off the people like you and me to stay home rather than going for treatment in hospitals. Apparently, this is to avoid coronavirus chaotic scenario at the NHS.
I can understand that the NHS is under pressure, and no blame to the hospital staff and management — we are with NHS and will cooperate till our last breath. Rather, the blame goes to the “fools” who have used our taxes to increase the stockpiles of arsenals rather than preparing for such pandemics.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!
If “fools” used our resources wisely, the world would be a better place!!
Now, what is your and my responsibility in this coronavirus or covid-19 crises? Should we just be a spectator and blame every Tom, Dick and Harry?
Well! I have found my role as an engineer, and presenting a solution to coronavirus or COVID-19 hospital bed problem; click here to see my YouTube video on this topic.
This bed solution considers six rudimentary aspects, in addition to problem itself:
1. Design considerations
2. Manufacturing process
3. Supply and distribution
5. Comfort level
6. Disposal and recycling
1. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
My CAD model is based on i) strength, ii) fast manufacturing, iii) ease of distribution to hospitals, iv) ease of bed deployment in the hospitals, v) patient comfort and vi) recycling.
2. MANUFACTURING PROCESS
The bed can be manufactured from one material, aluminium, with basic workshop facilities such as bending machine, cutting machines/grinders and welding machines.
A complete assembly line can be dedicated for this coronavirus bed. Depending on the choice of machinery and assembly line from 3 to 10 beds per minute can be produced.
3.SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION
80 beds can be transported on 40 foot container; this includes 40 beds together with mattresses.
The bed is very easy to deploy check TimeStamp in my YouTube video. The frame and mattress is under 30 kg and can be deployed by a single nurse.
The level of comfort can be managed by moving a simple rail; check out the video.
6. DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING
This is one of the important factors due to two major reasons: i) contamination and ii) storage problem.
It is well known that coronavirus is highly contaminated. Therefore, after the pandemic is over the beds should be disposed to stop the disease spread.
Over 7.9 million patients are expected to be hospitalised in the UK. After the COVID19 is over, where to store these beds and hospitals not need them either.
The solution is to dispose and recycle them. My CAD designed bed is composed of aluminium and can easily be recycled using a furnace.
When melted at 700 degree Centigrade, the aluminium can be transformed into other components and products. This will solve both contamination and storage problem simultaneously. As, corona can’t survive 700 degree.
LET’S DEFEAT CORONA TOGETHER!!!!