World’s Cheapest and Smallest Ventilator Made in India

Nidhi Arora is executive editor at EFY

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Ventilators have become synonymous for emergency care. Unfortunately, due to their high cost, not every hospital and patient in the world can afford them. The good news is that the world’s smallest and cheapest ventilator has been made in India, revolutionising critical care. This ventilator can be purchased by all levels of hospitals from primary care hospitals to tertiary care hospitals. The scope of its commercialisation is quite huge.

The journey

The new ventilator is the result of a joint effort between Professor Diwakar Vaish, head, robotics and research, A-SET Training & Research Institutes, and Dr Deepak Agrawal, professor-neurosurgery at AIIMS, New Delhi.

“We met during a programme in AIIMS and there we discussed various challenges that our healthcare system is facing currently. Out of all the problems, we centered on ventilators, due to lack of which precious lives are being lost. From there on we decided to work together to make a cheaper and more efficient ventilator. Our main aim was to create something that is cheap, easy to run and portable,” shared Prof. Vaish.

The technology was developed by A-SET with medical inputs from AIIMS.

The new ventilator developed by A-SET together with AIIMS

The new ventilator developed by A-SET together with AIIMS

Challenges

Conventional ventilators are very expensive (costing ₹ 1-1.5 million each), extremely big (1-1.5m tall and around 61cm wide and deep) and complicated, requiring medical staff to run them. In addition, these need constant oxygen supply to run, which costs around ₹ 2000-3500 per day.

A-SET Robotics’ ventilator overcomes these problems as:

1. It is around a hundred times cheaper at ₹ 15,000.
2. It has the size of a compact disk, so it can fit into the user’s pocket.
3. It doesn’t require oxygen supply and can circulate room air to the patients.
4. No professional expertise is required to control it. It can be operated by just a smartphone via Bluetooth interface, which makes it extremely easy to use. Also, in case of any problem, one may reach out to the provided helpline numbers, and it can be controlled remotely by the central team.

How it works

A machine learning algorithm understands the patient’s inhale-exhale pattern and controls air pressure and flow rate to the patient as per the best settings:

1. A pressure sensor monitors the relative pressure of the patient’s air passage over 1000 times a minute
2. The pressure reading is then sent to a computing unit, which calculates if it’s inhale phase or exhale phase
3. In inhale phase, the air is induced at a controlled pressure and sent at controlled rate to the patient
4. Upon sensing that the lung is filled to the right capacity, the air flow is stopped
5. Thereafter exhale phase is sensed for the patient
6. Once exhale phase is sensed, another air channel is selected for exhaling the air from the lungs to the atmosphere

This is an extremely time-critical operation as inhale and exhale happen within a time span of 1-2 seconds. Even slight delay in computing can hamper the entire process. Hence there is hardly any setting required for the ventilator and the entire process can be managed by the ventilator itself without requiring the services of any health practitioner.

Acceptance and validation

The new ventilator has brought hope to thousands of those patients who have complete body paralysis and have been hospitalised for many years. Now, they can afford a ventilator and get back to their homes. This ventilator can be used in all the situations where normal ventilators are used, such as in hospitals, ambulances and even homes.

Prof. Vaish explained, “Although the innovation is breakthrough, we still face some basic functional challenges. Like, in manufacturing, the process to obtain certifications is slow and tedious. We are applying for major global certifications and hope to get them in the near future. We already have two patents credited for our product.”

Mechanism inside the ventilator

“Technically, mistakes and innovations go hand-in-hand. We tried various sensors and different algorithms. At times, the members of team thought it was impossible. However, it is through consistent efforts and hard work that we won. We finally succeeded after over 50 iterations,” Dr Vaish added.

The road ahead

The team wants its product to penetrate as deep as possible. It is looking for support from the government as well. It is also open to partnership with other companies, especially those in medial domain. The team hopes that the product reaches to people in need not just in India but throughout the world. It wants the sales to cross 50,000 units next year.


 

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70 COMMENTS

  1. World’s Cheapest and Smallest Ventilator is indeed the biggest innovation of times and revolution to the said industry. Would like to market the product in india and abroad. Let me know how we can get into the collaboration and execute the same so that the product is available all across. Thanks

  2. I wanto purchase this vantilator my sistor need it she is on vantilator from last 40 days… revert back if it’s possible my contact no is 7045835981. She in nanavati hospital Mumbai.

  3. I wanto purchase this vantilator my sistor need it she is on vantilator from last 2 months revert back if it’s possible my contact no is 7002045064. She in Lower Assam Hospital and Research Centre. Bongaigaon.Assam . India.

  4. I wan to purchase this vantilator for my sister.She is on vantilator from last 2 months . if it’s possible please contact me, my no.is 7002045064. She is in Lower Assam Hospital and Research Centre. Bongaigaon.Assam . India.

  5. Can we use in neonates and infants. Sterilization Tecnics. Maintenance services. I want to know in details and want to purchase also. Dr. S d Yadav.

  6. Dr Nitin kotwal,could u pls share your contact number and email id for us to initiate.you can pls call us or whatsApp us on 9819191396

    • good morning Dr.Have you received any revert or details?or you have already bought AgVa ventilator? if not please let me know. you can sms,whatsapp me at 9819191396. Also need your contact number please.regards sridhar

  7. Dear Sir, I wan t to purchase this as my father in law is on Ventilator support via a tracheostomy done.
    Can we use this?
    Please can you send me the details via email.

    • Hi Manoj.Have you received reply.if not pls contact me at 9819191396 sridhar thanks. Also pls send me your mobile number.as sms or whatsapp thanks

    • hi Gowtham. Have you got any details or revert? if not pls sms, whatsapp me at 9819191396 regards sridhar.Also i dont have your contact number please..

  8. My mom is suffering from respiratory problems. She is on ventilator for past 12 days, now we have done tracheostomy. Doctor is ready to send her to home on portable ventilator. I would be needing this ventilator. My number is 8892202335 and email address is [email protected]

  9. My company Wex International Ltd. is based in Hong Kong with factory in India. We make wireless products for use in Hospitals and Fire services.
    We want to diversify in to other products. we have big factory with spare capacity to manufacture.
    I am interested in working with your company to manufacture as OEM to export to all countries of the world.
    I am from Bangalore, India migrated to Hong Kong 28 years back. Now have a factory with a Chinese partner past 15 years.
    Please contact me on my email [email protected] or on skype ericdkumar
    Thanks
    Eric Dilip Kumar

  10. Good morning
    My name is Ahmed heshamt , I am from Iraq
    I work with a charity organization in Iraq, and our organization is interested to buy this device
    Contact number 7093342328

  11. Tata’s Brabo Robotics would be interested in manufacturing this ventilator at scale in Pune plant. Who would be the right person to talk to ?

  12. Hi. Please provide contact details.would like to purchase few ventilators. My number 09895985787. Dr Sathish Nayak

  13. Dear Dr. Nidhi Arora,
    We need urgently this device in bulk for Iran market. We are thinking on a joint-cooperation model for manufacturing the device here in Iran under your license and supervision and we have all requirements and infrastructure needed for production this sort of equipment and could start the jobs very rapidly.
    As you may know corona virus is becomes pandemic here, hence we have full support of our government for the project. In other hand international sanctions limited the government force for facilitating the hospitals and support the patients, so the private sector is the main player in this game.
    If you are in the position to cooperate, please let me have your reply by return with thanks.

    Regards,
    Jack Tomra
    Contact/ Whatsapp: +989121085173

  14. Hi, This is Dr Swapnil from Kenya. We are one of the largest healthcare group in kenya. Looking for this product. kindly contact on +254-780630654 or mail at [email protected] Mr shridhar i have also done whats app to you on you mentioned no. kindly respond

  15. We want to buy bulk urgently for kenya need to help our people to live ! Please price for bulk + freight to Nairobi by Air.

  16. Hi, my name is Natália, I would like to purchase some ventilator units. I am member of social Association, and I would like to know the price for bulk plus freight to Maputo Mozambique by hair.
    Regards!

  17. I humbly request the goverment and its agencies to approve the model.

    Many people would like to finance the donation of the ventilator s to the Army for distribution to the needy and state hospitals.

  18. How can one buy it in Delhi. My cell no is 9810678836.
    Pls send specs & warranty details of the product.
    Thank you,
    Deepak Bali

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