July 2, 2020 | BA-Healthcare starts production of its CLEAR-M ventilator monitoring system, designed by CEA-List

On March 13, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, CEA Tech institute List initiated the CLEAR project to develop a solution to the shortage of ventilators.

CLEAR (CEA-List Emergency Assistance for Respiration) produced results in early April, in the form of the CLEAR-M ventilator monitoring system designed to enhance emergency and transport ventilators. The high-performance, affordable CLEAR-M prototype was tested in the ventilator weaning ward at the Raymond Poincaré Hospital in Garches on Covid-19 patients in recovery but still on ventilators. CLEAR-M was also implemented at the Nord Essonne Hospitals Emergency Department in Orsay.

The performance of the CLEAR-M system was validated, and is garnering growing interest from both manufacturers and hospitals. Based in Rennes, France, BA-Healthcare, a subsidiary of BA-Systèmes, is currently completing the first test manufacturing run of the system, which will equip emergency and transport ventilators so that they can be used to treat Covid-19 patients. “We are proud to be contributing in any way we can to everyone’s efforts to fight Covid-19. Our people are committed to the project, and we are excited to launch full-scale production,” said BA Healthcare General Manager Samuel Pinault.

CEA-List, a member of the Carnot Network, has received other expressions of interest from within the Greater Paris hospital network and from multiple manufacturers. CLEAR-M prototypes have been tested at the Raymond Poincaré Hospital in Garches, by Toulouse EMS, and Brest University Medical Center; the early results are encouraging. The system, which will first need to be approved by France’s drug and medical device regulator, could help improve the care given to patients in future epidemics as well as during transport.