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'Production of 3D printed components for ventilation systems: practical hints'
Notes from the front lines in Italy:

'The current emergency allows exceptions to the use of not certified medical devices, if it is proved
that no certified choices are available and in accordance with the local ethical committee.
Furthermore, due to the short time required for the production, it is not possible to run extensive
testing campaigns on the components, but each [additive manufacturing] operator must pay attention to the selection of
materials and technologies that are suitable for the specific application, considering the risk
classification of the components and the operational environment.
In the following we summarize the workflow we applied at 3D4Med ( – the
Clinical 3D Printing Laboratory of San Matteo Hospital in Pavia – and Protolab – its engineering
counterpart – to produce some of the requested components, along with some practical examples.'
3d-printing  emergencies  italy  covid-19  medicine  healthcare  3d4med  ventilators  cpap 
5 days ago by jm
Notes From the Battlefield March 30, 2020 - SAGES
'Despite that devastation from the disease still continues, and being too early to draw any definitive conclusions, there are some signs that the slope of COVID-19 new cases in Italy may be starting to slow down. Italian epidemiologists feel it is the result of the strict physical distancing measures. As health care providers, this appears to be the best preventive measure to emphasize and possibly the only intervention currently available to overcome this epidemic.'
pandemics  covid-19  italy  medicine  social-distancing 
5 days ago by jm
Medical company threatens to sue volunteers that 3D-printed valves for life-saving coronavirus treatments - The Verge
This is absolutely appalling behaviour. People are dying -- free the blueprints!
A medical device manufacturer has threatened to sue a group of volunteers in Italy that 3D printed a valve used for life-saving coronavirus treatments. The valve typically costs about $11,000 from the medical device manufacturer, but the volunteers were able to print replicas for about $1 (via Techdirt).

A hospital in Italy was in need of the valves after running out while treating patients for COVID-19. The hospital’s usual supplier said they could not make the valves in time to treat the patients, according to Metro. That launched a search for a way to 3D print a replica part, and Cristian Fracassi and Alessandro Ramaioli, who work at Italian startup Isinnova, offered their company’s printer for the job, reports Business Insider.

However, when the pair asked the manufacturer of the valves for blueprints they could use to print replicas, the company declined and threatened to sue for patent infringement, according to Business Insider Italia. Fracassi and Ramaioli moved ahead anyway by measuring the valves and 3D printing three different versions of them.
covid-19  ip  patents  italy  3d-printing  hardware  ip-rights  law 
17 days ago by jm
"The Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care just published the most extraordinary medical document I've ever seen"
Unpleasant stuff:
A week ago, Italy had so few cases of corona that it could give each stricken patient high-quality care. Today, some hospitals are so overwhelmed that they simply cannot treat every patient. They are starting to do wartime triage. Here’s the guidance for that.
italy  healthcare  safety  medicine  covid-19  emergencies  triage  hospitals 
24 days ago by jm
I was a Lampedusa refugee. Here’s my story of fleeing Libya – and surviving
'The boy next to me fell to the floor and for a moment I didn’t know if he had fainted or was dead – then I saw that he was covering his eyes so he didn’t have to see the waves any more. A pregnant woman vomited and started screaming. Below deck, people were shouting that they couldn’t breathe, so the men in charge of the boat went down and started beating them. By the time we saw a rescue helicopter, two days after our boat had left Libya with 250 passengers on board, some people were already dead – flung into the sea by the waves, or suffocated downstairs in the dark.'
lampedusa  migration  asylum  europe  fortress-europe  italy  politics  immigration  libya  refugees 
april 2015 by jm
Casalattico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How wierd. Many of the well-known chippers in Ireland are run by families from the same comune in Italy.
In the late 19th and early 20th century a significant number of young people left Casalattico to work in Ireland, with many founding chip shops there. Most second, third and fourth generation Irish-Italians can trace their lineage back to the municipality, with names such as Magliocco, Fusco, Marconi, Borza, Macari, Rosato and Forte being the most common. Although the Forte family actually originates from the village of Mortale, renamed Mon Forte due to the achievements of the Forte family. It is believed that up to 8,000 Irish-Italians have ancestors from Casalattico. The village is home to an Irish festival every summer to celebrate the many families that moved from there to Ireland.

(via JK)
rome  lazio  italy  ireland  chip-shops  chippers  history  emigration  casalattico  work  irish-italians  via:jk 
may 2013 by jm

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