Published: April 3, 2020 3:16:26 pm
With the demand for ventilators rising, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar claims to have created a machine out of scrap to act as a portable machine. Since it is made of easily available items, the product is much cheaper and easy to transport than those currently available.
“As COVID-19 is a respiratory viral infection, the need of ventilators has increased exponentially. The cost of available high-end ventilators is around Rs 5 to 7 lakh. One cheaper option is the manual resuscitator, in which a person presses an Ambu (artificial manual breathing unit) bag continuously to supply oxygen to the patient. To reduce human effort and fatigue, we have developed a setup for automatic compression of the Ambu bag,” the institute said in a statement.
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The mechanism can simultaneously squeeze two bags which benefit two patients at a time. It can include different sizes of the bags individually depending upon the age and lung capacity of the patient, claims the institute. Also, the two bags attached can work individually with varying compression. The setup can be operated at different compression speeds as well.
Researchers are now working to add more functionalities to the setup, which costs Rs 5000, inclusive of the bags, according to the institute.
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