Researchers develops battery-operated portable ventilator

Researchers from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology have developed an Emergency Breathing Assist System called ‘Air Bridge’

‘Air Bridge’ can be used for ventilator support in COVID-related or non-COVID related emergency situations in hospital wards and during transportation of patients in ambulances. Representational image: iStock

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the demand for ventilators across India.

To meet the escalating demand, researchers from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) have developed an Emergency Breathing Assist System (EBAS) called ‘Air Bridge’.

The device is portable, battery-operated, and user-friendly. ‘Air Bridge’ can be used for ventilator support in COVID-related or non-COVID related emergency situations in hospital wards and during transportation of patients in ambulances. It can also be used in small hospitals without a central oxygen supply system using oxygen cylinders in emergency situations.

“The device is not a replacement for a mechanical ventilator but works as a bridge for a few hours to a few days before conventional mechanical ventilation can be provided,’’ said SCTIMST director Dr Asha Kishore.

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The knowhow and design of EBAS was transferred to Wipro 3D in April 2020 for further joint development. The product is ready for commercial production under the brand name ‘Air Bridge’. It was jointly launched by SCTIMST and Wipro 3D Bangalore on Tuesday (July 7) through a video conference.

A team of engineers Sarath S Nair, Vinod Kumar V, and Nagesh D S from the department of medical device engineering and professors Thomas Koshy and Manikantan from the department of anaesthesia developed the specifications and technology.

(With inputs from India Science Wire)

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