Problem and Solution

Problem

Respiratory diseases are those that affect the lungs and airways, causing difficulty breathing. Among the most common are asthma, influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis. Infection of the lower respiratory tract is the deadliest form. It is responsible for more than three million deaths worldwide.

Special case of Covid-19

The year 2020 was marked by an exponential increase in mortality due to respiratory diseases through the emergence of Covid-19, a virus that develops very rapidly by creating respiratory and pulmonary infections whose immediate consequence is the disability or premature death of the patient.

Africa, like every continent, is affected by this pandemic. In Cameroon, for example, the first case appeared on 06 March and since then the number of positive cases has been growing.

One of the most essential treatments for the management of patients with covid-19 and respiratory diseases in general is oxygen therapy

It is a treatment that consists of bringing medical oxygen (pure to 95%) to the patient.



Limits of Current Means

In Africa, medical oxygen, which is sold exclusively as a bottle, remains a rare and very expensive commodity. In Cameroon, it is only available in referral hospitals and large clinics. For example, to obtain it, the patient must pay about 10,000 CFA francs per hour of breathing, which is quite expensive.

Consequences

Using the example of Cameroon, 79% of the population lives in rural and peri-urban areas.

- People are forced to travel to urban centers to receive medical oxygen.

- There is an increased risk of contagion on public transport.

- There is an increase in spending by patients, and government.




Solution

In order to solve this problem, we have developed a way that will allow each hospital to produce medical oxygen.

This solution called OXYNNET (Oxygen National Network) is a network of medical oxygen production. It consists of several oxygen production stations interconnected to the same control system.

Each station is installed in a hospital and produces air concentrated in oxygen 95% continuously from the ambient air which is concentrated in oxygen only at 21%. It works with electrical current and is equipped with a solar power system and a battery. The station can provide medical oxygen to more than 10 patients simultaneously and without interruption, it is controlled remotely from a mobile phone and through the mobile phone network through an Android application.

Features

Oxygen production

The OXYNNET system is a network of medical oxygen stations. Each station produces 95% pure oxygen from the ambient air. It runs on electricity and has a rechargeable battery thanks to its panel. The station is equipped with a control unit that can be set up with a 7-inch touchscreen. The various parameters to measure the station's activity are displayed using gauges and flow meters on the control panel.

Oxygen storage and distribution

The station stores oxygen after compressing it into one or more cylinders, then distributes that oxygen inside the hospital to the various patients connected to the oxygen network. This network consists of several tubes, masks, oxygen intakes and several sensors to measure the oxygen consumption for each patient in the network.

Remote control

Thanks to an android application, it is possible to control the station from its mobile phone. The application is easy to use and allows to connect or disconnect one or more patients, to regulate the oxygen flow of the station, to observe the parameters of patients connected to the network. This remote control can be done through a Wi-Fi network or the GSM network.



How the solution works




OXYNNET Medical Oxygen Production Station

To solve this problem, we have designed a medical oxygen production station for hospitals. This oxygen production station is a stationary electrical unit that produces a continuous flow of pure oxygen from the ambient air, which consists of about 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. The elimination of the nitrogen is carried out through molecular sieves.

How the station works

The station is located in a dedicated room or outside the hospital. It is connected to the hospital's electrical grid from which it feeds. It is also connected to its solar panel placed outside the hospital from which it is allied in the event of a power outage. Once commissioned, the station starts continuous oxygen production at a rate of 60 liters of pure oxygen per minute. The exit of the station is connected to the entrance of a medical oxygen distribution network. This network consists of a set of splits and flowmeters that allow to deliver oxygen to patients' bedside through the masks connected to their faces. Respirators can be adapted to each intake of the network to provide oxygen more efficiently to patients. Thanks to its android application, the station can be set up remotely.

Project benefits

For Patients

1. Reducing travel and therefore reducing the risk of contagion.

2. Saving money and time.

For Governments

3. Saving money previously spent on the purchase of oxygen cylinders in the medical care of patients of Covid-19.

4. Reducing the development of the disease.

5. Decentralization of patient care in rural areas.

6. Mastering state-of-the-art technology essential to the medical sector and job creation through local production.

For Hospitals

7. Better patient care services.

8. Gain in autonomy.

Vision

Make medical oxygen accessible throughout Africa so that no patient is forced to travel more than 50 kilometers in order to benefit from medical oxygen. This includes setting up an oxygen plant in Africa and setting up a network of medical oxygen production in all hospitals in Africa. That is our vision.

Project history

The first cases of Covid-19 appeared in Africa and the actual needs of doctors for the care of patients by Himore Medical teams were established.

Development of a solution project to assist physicians in the management of patients suffering from covid-19 and the beginning of the design of the prototype.

Development of the station prototype and a medical oxygen production system as well as a mobile application for remote control of the system.

Following the development of the station prototype and a medical oxygen production system as well as a mobile application for remote control of the system.

Following the development and submission of the project to the Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon and the United Nations as part of the Cameroon VS Covid-19 competition.

End of development, and testing. Oxynnet Project voted as UNDP's best technological innovation for the fight against covid-19. 1st order from the Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon.

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OXYNNET a local manufacturing

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Technical characteristics



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Continuously supplied
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redistributable throughout the hospital thanks to components delivered with the station

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Battery capacity
rechargeable thanks to solar panels incorporated into the station

Connected station with Wi-Fi to connect to the station remotely with a mobile phone and dedicated app

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Connected station

From the GSM network, our medical oxygen production stations can be operated remotely using a mobile phone and a dedicated application.

Autonomy

Regardless of electrical energy, our stations are equipped with solar panels to recharge the battery in the event of a power outage.

Availability

The stations are produced locally, allowing for large-scale distribution in the shortest possible time.

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