April 10, 2020

Canadian-based simulator training provider CAE is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a new ventilator to provide critical life support to patients in intensive care from the respiratory virus.

Company President and CEO Marc Parent recently announced the company is sourcing components to begin production of the ventilator, which was designed to be easy to manufacture and repair, upon approval by Health Canada.

“CAE has employees around the world, and we are all proud of the impact we can have by putting our expertise to work to create a ventilator that can help save lives in the fight against COVID-19,” he said. “Once this prototype is approved by public health authorities, we are looking at manufacturing thousands of units in our Montreal plant and in other sites over the next few months.”

In addition to the ventilator, which Parent noted CAE personnel designed in just 11 days, the company has also launched complimentary web- and hardware-based training seminars on proper ventilation and intubation techniques. Many healthcare workers not normally trained to perform these delicate and complex procedures have nevertheless been pressed into service to do so during this crisis, according to CAE.