Coronavirus Lockdown: IIT Roorkee made portable ventilator to deal with corona, no need for compressed air

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The wards converted to ICU due to no need for compressed air
This closed-loop ventilator named Pran-Vayu was developed in collaboration with AIIMS Rishikesh

IIT Roorkee scientists have also come forward in the battle against Corona. In this series, he has developed a low-cost portable ventilator, which can prove useful and economical in ensuring the safety of serious patients of COVID-19.

This closed-loop ventilator named Pran-Vayu has been developed in collaboration with AIIMS Rishikesh. The ventilator is based on the controlled operation of the prime mover to deliver the required amount of air to the patient. A week before the lockdown, the team of IIT Roorkee started the work of cheap ventilators to deal with COVID-19. In this research team, Prof. Akshay Dwivedi of IIT Roorkee and Prof. Arup Kumar Das joined for online help with Dr. Devendra Tripathi from AIIMS Rishikesh.

The institute’s tinkering lab facilities were used for research. Prof. Dwivedi pointed out that Pran-Vayu has been specifically designed for the COVID-19 epidemic. It is a low-cost, safe and reliable model that can be manufactured rapidly. This automated process regulates the pressure and flow rate corresponding to breathing-exhalation. This ventilator has a system that can also control the tidal volume and breath per minute.

Useful in a wide variety of respiratory tract obstructions

The ventilator will be useful in a wide variety of respiratory tract obstructions and is particularly beneficial for patients of all age groups, especially the elderly. The prototype has been successfully tested on general and respiratory specific patients. It does not require compressed air to work.

In such a situation, it would be helpful to have an ICU converted into a ward or open area of the hospital. This can limit high pressure from real-time spirometry and alarms. It also has features such as remote monitoring, operating meter, touch screen control, humidity for breathing and temperature control.

Its cost has been estimated at 25 thousand rupees while the price of a ventilator in the market is in several lakhs. IIT Director Prof. Ajit Chaturvedi has praised this effort of IIT scientists.

Construction can get a green signal after certification

The ventilator has been successfully tested by the IIT at its level. Also, on Thursday, the presentation was witnessed by officials of more than 400 industrial companies including IIT Delhi, IIT Chennai through online video conferencing on the Confederation of Indian Industries webinar.

Also, they expressed the desire to build it. Pro. Akshay Dwivedi told that its construction can start after the certification process. If the process speeds up, then it will be used in the epidemic crisis.


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