BAYONNE, NJ - Jersey City and Hudson County officials made their way to Bayonne earlier this month for the official unveiling of QuattroVent – a portable ventilator that is designed to supplement medical personnel when the traditional ventilator is not available.

In May, four prominent Bayonne businessmen, Dr. Paul Hriso, a psychiatrist, Jean-Malo Ribault, an engineer, Richard Van Kiet, a computer technician, and David Nadolski, a project manager, donated the devices they designed to help fill the shortage of the more traditional ventilators as a result of COVID-19 to Bayonne Medical Center prompting interest from elsewhere in the county

Hriso said doctors, nurses, and health care workers are currently faced with a massive increase in cases of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) resulting from a severe form of Covid19. This surge, he added, has led to a huge increase in the need for respiratory assistance treatments and a very high demand for ventilators.

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QuattroVent offers a solution to this demand and provides clinicians with an added tool in the fight against ARDS and in the active treatment of acute cardiopulmonary failure.

“This is not just for COVID-19, but also provides relief when there are cardiac issues,” Hriso said. The much smaller machine that can be operated from a car cigarette lighter or an ordinary household outlet, is designed with a manual resuscitator or "self-inflating bag" that provides positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing on their own or not breathing adequately.

“These seem to be very good,” said Freeholder Bill O’Dea who sent a medical expert to review the devices. “They are portable, can be made quickly and they are much cheaper than other ventilators.

If the county decides to purchase them, the ventilators would be stored at the County’s Meadowview facility in Secaucus and distributed as needed.

“If we get another surge in COVID-19 next winter, we might be in a position to distribute these to local hospitals,” O’Dea said.

Freeholder Anothony Romano and Councilman Daniel Rivera were also on hand for the demonstration.

This is not the first innovation that Hriso has developed. In 2006, when he looked for a  new site for his business office, he settled on a former gas station site on Avenue C near 15th Street and hired Bayonne architect Stephen Kawalek to design what has become one of the more visible and unique buildings in Bayonne.

Not only did he want a building that stood out from the crowd, but one that was environmentally sound. His building became the first and, perhaps only, building in the city to have a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Geothermal energy is pulled from the ground, where the temperature is a constant temperature of 55 degrees. In this case, the building has eight wells that go 600 to 800 feet below street level.

“We wanted to do something that was good for the environment,” Dr. Hriso said. “Now we’re doing something that is good for other people.”

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