Tablet-shaped portable ventilator from India helps hospitals
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AgVa Healthcare, a Noida-based startup, which has built a cost-effective portable ventilator is lending a hand here in ramping up the production and supply of ventilators.

“We are working to manufacture 20,000 units in the next 30 days,” Diwakar Vaish, co-founder, AgVa Healthcare told ET Digital. The government has reached out to the company to manufacture 5,000 ventilators by April 15 to help hospitals facing a shortage of the equipment across India.

The device is priced between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. Meanwhile, the traditional ventilator costs somewhere between Rs 4-5 lakh, therefore, our device costs nearly one-fifth of the existing ventilators in the hospitals.

AgVa’s ventilator runs on room air. The bulky ventilators used in hospitals are not at all user-friendly and require technical expertise to understand, whereas AgVa’s ventilator, which weighs less than 3 kg, has a simple touchscreen interface that is easy to understand and can be run using an Android-powered phone. This makes the ventilator very user-friendly for the patient’s family and relatives to operate from home.

The portable ventilator does not require any installation or configuration, it is a simple plug-and-play system. “It uses only 20 watts of power and can be run on both 220 Volt and 12-volt ambulance sockets,” he said.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the demand for ventilator demand can be as high as 1 million in the country. Current availability in India is estimated to have between 30,000 and 50,000 ventilators. It says the US has about 160,000 and is running short in most places.

To deal with this crippling shortage of medical equipment, the Union government, on Tuesday, banned the export of ventilators, sanitizers and other ICU equipment with immediate effect.

Source: ET Health
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