The projected cost per box is Rs 2000, which is significantly lower than existing alternatives, claims IIT Guwahati

Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) students have designed and developed low-cost intubation boxes. The device functions as an aerosol obstruction box which is placed atop the patient bed on the head-side, limiting the flow of virus-laden droplets from the patient to the doctor, especially during the process of intubation.

Since COVID-19 patients develop respiratory failure, they require assistance in the form of endotracheal intubation. Given the nature of this process, healthcare providers are at risk of contracting the virus via droplets either exhaled or coughed out by the patient. The device is inspired by the design of Dr Hsien Yung Lai, an anesthesiologist from Taiwan, a press release issued by IITG said.

It is developed and designed by a student venture for medical innovation named Mitochondrial, mentored by Dr S Kanagaraj and Dr Sajan Kapil of the department of mechanical engineering, IIT Guwahati. It is a low-cost alternative to intubation boxes and is easier to manufacture and deliver amid the lockdown.

The projected cost per box is Rs 2,000, which is significantly lower than existing alternatives, the release added.

The team has received assistance from the DRDO for prototyping and testing at the Solid State Physics Laboratory, New Delhi, and is consulting Dr Johann Christopher of Care Hospitals, Hyderabad, and Dr Abhijeet Bhatia of NEIGRIHMS Shillong, to ensure the efficacy of the design.

Speaking about the development, Umang Mathur, a B Tech student of the Department of Bioscience & Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, said, “We feel that it is our responsibility to contribute to this fight against a global pandemic and there could not be a better time and opportunity for IIT graduates to start building upon their world class education background and exposure, to provide solutions centred around simplicity and make India self-reliant, instead of being dependent on imported technologies especially at this time of crisis.”

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