Dr. Mark Comunale, chairman of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s anesthesia department in Colton, California, has used his experiences during the 2014 Ebola crisis to invent a device that could soon be used to help care for COVID-19 patients, according to a report from ABC7.
Comunale began work on a “Patient Isolation Transport Unit” that, instead of taking up an entire room for infected patients, builds a chamber around them.
For the past two years, Comunale has worked with the Food and Drug Administration to approve the device when COVID-19 hit the U.S. He applied to fast-track the regulator for emergency use authorization.
The transport is comprised of medical-grade vinyl with two gloved ports so medical professionals can treat the patient. In addition, the unit includes a pass-through chamber to safely deliver equipment inside the chamber.