AirBridge Ventilator | UPSC
COVID-19: Researchers develop portable, battery-operated ventilator
WHY IN NEWS:
Demand for ventilators has been rising due to COVID-19 disease.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases : Recent Developments
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- The portable, battery-operated and user-friendly device can be used for ventilator support during COVID-19-related and other emergency situations.
- It can be used in hospital wards, when patients are being transported in ambulances and in small hospitals that do not have central oxygen supply systems and rely on oxygen cylinders.
- The device is not a replacement for a mechanical ventilator.
- It works as a bridge for a few hours to a few days before conventional mechanical ventilation can be provided.
AirBridge was declared ready for commercial production and jointly launched by SCTIMST and Wipro 3D through video conference July 7, 2020.