Amid the growing demand for hospital ventilators due to the COVID-19 crisis, IIT-Roorkee develops a low-cost portable ventilator, which can be manufactured for just ₹25,000.
The indigenous ventilator has been named Prana-Vayu and has been developed in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Rishikesh.
On Friday, the machine was presented to more than 450 companies and several have expressed interest in commercial production, IIT-Roorkee said.
The closed-loop ventilator does not require compressed air and is useful especially during the coronavirus pandemic when hospital wards and open areas are converted into ICUs.
The ventilator is based on the controlled operation of the prime mover which ensures delivery of the required amount of air to the patient. The automated process controls the pressure and flow rates as the patient breathes in and out. Additionally, the ventilator has a system that can control the tidal volume and breath per minute.