Napier sends Wall-e to join the fight against COVID-19

A ventilator normally used to train nursing students at Edinburgh Napier University has been transferred to the intensive care ward at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to help cope with increasing demand as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The ventilator, affectionately christened ‘Wall-e’ by students and staff, will help in the fight against COVID-19 and its donation follows an announcement by the UK Government that an additional 8,000 ventilators will be needed for the NHS as the crisis continues.

Michelle O’Reilly of the University’s Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre at Sighthill made a list of equipment which could be useful to cope with the pandemic and was contacted by a nurse at the Royal Infirmary.

Speaking of Napier’s willingness to support the NHS, Michelle said:

“The ventilator – christened Wall-e by the team at Sighthill – is normally used for training purposes for advanced practice and critical care simulations, and was previously used to train a lot of the newly-qualified intensive care nurses in the SCSC.

“After checks to ensure Wall-e is in good working order, it will be crucial in the fight against COVID-19. The SCSC are more than happy to help out their former colleagues at such a time.”