At the request of Dr. Ajay Chandanwale, who is not only the head of Sassoon General Hospital, but also the Dean of B J Medical College, some faculty members and students of College of Engineering, Pune, took up a project of developing a low-cost mechanical ventilator for Sassoon Hospital.
The group has developed a prototype at the cost of Rs. 10,000 as compared to the usual cost of a ventilator, which is anywhere between Rs. 25,000 – Rs, 100,000. The price is expected to reduce further during mass production.
Dr. Chadanwale said, “The prototype is being tested by our doctors and we will convey our feedback to the COEP team.”
The Biomedical Engineering & Technology incubation centre at COEP has been working on medical devices in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT, Nagpur).
The team developing the device comprises COEP’s Director Prof. BB Ahuja, two faculty members and four research students, who worked on the project for two weeks.
Once the device is approved by doctors, COPE will collaborate with a manufacturer for mass production.
News Source: Hindustan Times
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