Amid of the novel coronavirus outbreak, an Indian- American couple Devesh Ranjan and his wife Kumuda Ranjan in the United States have developed a low-cost portable emergency ventilator which will help in battling the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
This ventilator is soon going to hit the production stage and will be available in India and the developing world at affordable rates to help the doctors to treat COVID-19 patients. The Couple developed this ventilator in just three weeks’ time.
Devesh Ranjan, a Professor and associate chair in Georgia Tech’s George W Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Kumuda Ranjan his wife, a practicing family Physician in Atlanta.
Professor Ranjan told PTI, “If you can do manufacturing of scales it can be produced (item cost) in less than US$100. Even the price point of US$500, they would have enough money to make sure that they are making enough profits in the market. ” He also mentioned that this type of ventilator, on average in the US, costs US$10,000.
The whole goal of this project is to develop low-cost makeshift ventilators which give controls to the physicians, Dr. Kumuda told PTI, adding to the shortage of ventilators globally due to the massive spread of COVID-19 as it killed more than 3,45,000 people globally and infected over 5.4 million.
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He informed that this ‘Open-AirVentGT’ has been developed to deal with severe respiratory distress syndrome which is a common complication of the patients for COVID-19, which causes their lungs to stiffen, requires their breathing to be assisted by ventilators. He also mentioned and clear that theirs is not an ICU Ventilator those are more sophisticated and costly.
The ventilators which are developed at Georgia Institute of Technology uses electronic sensors and computer control to manage key clinical parameters like respiration rate, inspiration and expiration ratio, tidal volume, and pressure to lungs.
Ranjan who is born and brought up in Patna, Bihar, completed his degree in engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy followed by Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison a did teaching at Georgia Tech for last six years. Kumuda with her parents moved to the US from Ranchi when she was six and did her Medical training and residency in New Jersey.
Both said that India has the potential to become a global manufacturer of low-value ventilators and experts across the world at a rate that is affordable to all and this low-cost ventilator idea is developed keeping in mind the requirements of countries like India and people in Africa.
The group has been approached by Georgia Tech alumni in Ghana and India to arrange manufacturing traces of their nations.
Addressing the critical shortage, A Singapore based Renew group is developing products from the prototype, headed by Ravi Sajwan, an Indian-American from Uttarakhand.
“We are collaborating with a group of companies and affiliates who are committed to fast track the manufacturing and distribution of Open-AirVentGT to hospitals and remote facilities in underprivileged countries, including India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia”- Company head Ravi Sajwan said.