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By Subho As

Content Curator

Updated on Feb 14,2023

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh have created a portable, safe, and inexpensive ICU ventilator together. The Prana-Vayu device tracks patients battling a coronavirus infection using contactless wireless technology.

An official release from AIIMS Rishikesh reads, "The Prana-Vayu ventilator is precisely built to keep costs down while simultaneously including all the capabilities of a modern ICU ventilator in it. After thorough testing in a variety of medical conditions, AIIMS Rishikesh declared this ventilator to be successful in terms of medical technology.

Prana-Vayu research team updates

The research team includes Professors Akshay Dvivedi and Arup Kumar Das from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at IIT Roorkee, as well as Debendra Tripathy from the Anaesthesiology Department at AIIMS Rishikesh. Prana-Vayu was created specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Akshay Dvivedi, Coordinator, Tinkering Laboratory, IIT Roorkee. It is inexpensive, secure, dependable, and it can be produced fast.

On a test lung, we have successfully met the ventilatory criterion, and it may be used to both infants and even obese adults. Debendra Tripathi of AIIMS Rishikesh provided online support as the team concentrated on creating an ICU ventilator. They created quick-time technology for COVID-19 patients through remote communication.

Along with the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, research teams at IIT Roorkee were finding antivirals for Coronavirus prophylaxis at the same time.

Detailed Features of Prana-Vayu

For extreme medical situations, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities will act as a life support system. The system is intended to treat a larger range of serious disorders, and treating COVID-19 patients via wireless monitoring is a novel strategy.

About two months ago, the crew began working on the project. "This ventilator has been designed at a time when the global pandemic is underway, and when there are not enough ventilators available for the treatment of Corona patients," stated Professor Ravikant, Director of AIIMS Rishikesh.

They paid special attention to employing Make In India components, which resulted in a decrease in manufacturing costs overall. The projected price for each device is Rs 25,000. Commercial products will be 1.5 feet by 1.5 feet in size to improve portability.

IIT Roorkee has concentrated its research teams on creating technologies and solutions to combat this disease ever since the COVID-19 epidemic in India. Antimicrobial face masks were created earlier by IIT Roorkee to fight the Coronavirus.

According to professor Akshay Dvivedi, the Tinkering Laboratory coordinator at IIT Roorkee, the gadget has successfully ventilated test lungs. Therefore, it can now be used on children and adults who are overweight.

With the addition of the wireless capability, it can operate without a compressed air source, making it appropriate for impromptu ICUs.

The director of IIT Roorkee, Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, added, "Today, Prana-Vayu was presented to over 450 industries in a webinar arranged by CII. I'm delighted to report that numerous industries are interested in mass producing it.

When there is a ventilator shortage, this inexpensive ventilator will be very beneficial for COVID-19 patients. Such a joint accomplishment by AIIMS Rishikesh and IIT Roorkee can help save the lives of distressed people who are suffering from serious illnesses.