Doctor from Odisha’s Bolangir in low-cost ventilator manufacturing team


Bhubaneswar: Dr. Devendra Tripathy from Odisha’s Bolangir district is among the professors of a joint team of IIT Roorkee and AIIMS Rishikesh who are making efforts to save thousands of people by inventing low-cost ventilators required in hospitals to fight the highly infectious disease.

In ongoing battle against novel coronavirus (COVID-19), one of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the emergency is a lack of ventilators.

The research team from IIT Roorkee included Prof. Akshay Dvivedi and Prof. Arup Kumar Das with online support from Dr. Debendra Tripathi from AIIMS Rishikesh. They teamed up only a week ago by remote communication to develop a quick time technology to help the distressed in the situation of COVID-19. The research development on the ventilator started during the lockdown period necessitating the development of many parts like microprocessor-controlled non-return valves, solenoid valves, one-way valve, etc. using the facilities of Tinkering Laboratory, IIT Roorkee.

The tiny-shaped ventilator costs around Rs 25,000.

The ventilator is based on the controlled operation of the prime mover to deliver the required amount of air to the patient. The automated process controls the pressure and flow rates in the inhalation and exhalation lines. Besides, the ventilator has feedback that can control tidal volume and breaths per minute.

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