3D printing assisted NIV mask
Dr Ha has collaborated with bioengineers from Royal Perth Hospital to develop the Australian first 3D printing assisted non-invasive ventilation (NIV) mask for children, in whom conventional NIV masks do not fit well.
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is a medical treatment that delivers pressurised air to the airways, most commonly used in children to treat airway obstruction and respiratory failure. As everyone has a unique facial structure, a one-size-fits-all conventional NIV mask is not suitable for all children, especially those with cranio-facial abnormalities or; different facial sizes, structures and growths. Children often stop wearing their masks due to discomfort, making treatment in these patients challenging.
To date, there are no published studies in children. She hopes their Australian first pilot study will offer paediatric patients with another option.
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