AIIMS Rishikesh successfully tests low-cost indigenous ventilator Prana-Vayu

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A low-cost indigenous ventilator, Prana Vayu, was successfully tested at All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Tuesday, hospital officials said.

The ventilator was developed jointly by AIIMS, Rishikesh and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee about two months ago.

Its cost will range between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000.

A five-member team of AIIMS doctors confirmed the reliability and effectiveness of the completely indigenous ventilator after testing it at the hospital's Advanced Simulation Lab, the officials said.

A statement issued by AIIMS said:

“The Prana-Vayu' ventilator which is specially designed to keep the cost low and at the same time to incorporate all the features of an advanced ICU ventilator in it. AIIMS Rishikesh has called this ventilator successful in terms of medical technology after due testing done in various Medical Conditions.”

The ventilator was developed about two-and-a-half months ago jointly by teams in IIT Roorkee and AIIMS Rishikesh. A team of doctoral and undergraduate students of IIT Roorkee helped the inventors at different stages of development, added the statement.

 The team of inventors include Dr Debendra Tripathy from the department of anaesthesiology, AIIMS Rishikesh and Prof. Akshay Dvivedi and Prof. Arup Kumar Das, both from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, IIT Roorkee.

Ravikant, director of AIIMS, Rishikesh congratulated the team for having developed the ventilator with advanced capabilities in record time.

At a time when the country is battling the coronavirus pandemic, a low-cost ventilator like this can be of great use, he said.

"This ventilator uses only indigenous components and can become a torchbearer of the government's 'Make in India' campaign," said Ajit K Chaturvedi, director of IIT, Roorkee

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