Thornhill Medical announced that it has signed an agreement with the Government of Ontario to produce and supply several of its compact, portable ICU units for use across the province. As announced by Justin Trudeau, Thornhill Medical will also be producing 500 mobile compact ventilator systems as part of Canada’s response to fight COVID-19.
The Toronto-based company, Thornhill Medical was founded in 2004 as a spin-off of Toronto’s University Health Network. The company has partnered with global advanced manufacturing company Linamar which has its headquarters based in Guelph, Ontario, to enable increased production capacity. Thornhill Medical’s MOVES® SLC™ is already in use around the world and is produced at the company’s own manufacturing facility in Toronto.
Co-founder Dr. Joe Fisher, who is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Staff Anesthesiologist at the University Health Network explained that MOVES SLC addresses the challenge of providing the large volumes of oxygen required in COVID-19 treatment even if oxygen supply becomes in short supply.
The company expects to have portable life support and ventilator units available for use to support hospitals and health care facilities across the country by early April.
WHAT IS MOVES® SLC™
According to the press release, MOVES® SLC™ is a compact portable, self-contained device that provides all of the crucial functions available in a modern intensive care unit (ICU). MOVES® SLC™ integrates the functions of a ventilator that generates its own oxygen from the air, a full suite of critical care monitors, and suction—all able to run on battery power. This portable ICU provides much needed life-saving capacity, essentially enabling health care providers to maintain uninterrupted ICU-level care anywhere in the hospital, and to continue with the same level of care during transport within the hospital and between hospitals. MOVES® SLC™ also addresses the challenge of providing the large volumes of oxygen required in COVID-19 treatment even if oxygen supply becomes in short supply. Thornhill Medical has been perfecting this device for 15 years and is already in market around the world.