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The TVS Group, along with the Sundaram Medical Foundation, and IIT-Madras have jointly developed a low-cost automated respiratory assist device called the 'Sundaram Ventago'. The device has been developed to treat the Covid-19 affected patients in the country.
The Sundaram Ventago is aimed at remote and rural areas where ventilator facilities are not available to treat the patients affected by the deadly virus. The device is primarily made for patients with respiratory difficulties who will need support beyond a ventilator capacity. According to the company, the device will provide respiratory support to patients via a controlled and automated squeezing of a self-inflating or AMBU bag.
The automated respiratory device also includes several functions including options to control respiratory rate (breaths per minute), tidal volume, pressure parameters, and I:E ratios. Additionally, the device can work with or without compressed air and oxygen supplied in hospitals. It requires only a standard power connection to operate, which is easy to use in non-ICU wards, ambulances, remote and rural areas; among others.
This makes the Sundaram Ventago extremely convenient to use while treating the patients. The convenience is further enhanced as the automated respiratory device can also be used with a standard UPS to ensure uninterrupted power supply, and can be placed on a crash cart, wheelchair, bed, and in an ambulance used as an emergency transport ventilator, offering maximum portability as well as to support patient mobility.
The Sundaram Ventago device includes three major assemblies — the actuator unit, the electronic control module, and the AMBU bag with a patient airway circuit. The functionality and risk analysis of the device has been validated by Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre of IIT Madras. The device meets the international health standards required to operate across the world as well.
The first batch of 25 pieces is under production at the Brakes India facility, which is part of the TVS Group. The company also stated that the manufacturing of the device will increase with more orders received. The company will provide training and support for the Sundaram Ventago via a dedicated mobile application.
The ‘Sundaram Ventago' is a result of a collaboration between the above-mentioned group along with Kauvery Hospital and the Madras Medical College. The project was also overseen by educational institutions like MIT-Boston. The development of the cost-effective respiratory assist device also involved a team of doctors belonging to different medical expertise from leading hospitals as well.
Sriram Viji, Deputy Managing Director, Brakes India, TVS Group, said, "Looking at the number of COVID-19 cases in India and using proxies around the world, we need to do everything we can to supplement our healthcare system. The TVS group has leveraged its engineering talent and its quality-first approach to develop an affordable respiratory assist device. The Sundaram Ventago is a 'Make in India' product with a local supply chain, based on proven global technology. It can be produced quickly in larger numbers. The Sundaram Ventago will also have a great impact post-COVID as this device can make respiratory support more affordable and available to all."
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Thoughts About The Budget Automated Respiratory Assist Device Developed By TVS Group & IIT-Madras
The Sundaram Ventago is a revolutionary device developed by the TVS Group, IIT-Madras and other parties. The functionality is simple, cost-effective, and offers maximum portability for various uses to treat the Covid-19 affected patients. Kudos to the entire team for this brilliant product!