Over the last few weeks, a lot of new inventions which can help in the fight against Covid-19 have received approval for use in India. Let us have a look at some of them which are developed by several organizations and individuals across the country.
Crux of the Matter
Here is a list of few of the Covid-19 inventions in the country:
- It is a Rapid Antigen test kit developed by Mylab Discovery Solutions.
- Coviself is India’s first self-use, home-based test kit.
- It is priced at ₹250.
- Invented by Nihal Singh Adarsh, it is a ventilation system for PPE suit.
- It creates steady airflow inside the suit and is priced at ₹5,499 per piece.
- It is developed by DRDO in association with Vanguard Diagnostics Pvt Ltd.
- It is an antibody detection kit which gives results in 75 minutes.
- The cost of this is ₹75.
Oxygen Recycling System (ORS)
- Developed by Indian Army, it can extend the life of medical oxygen by 2 to 4 times.
- Similarly, IIT-Bombay developed ‘Re-Breather’ which can reduce ventilator oxygen waste by 85% by recycling it.
Ventilators And Oxygen Concentrator
VSSC, a facility of ISRO developed three cost-effective ventilators and an oxygen concentrator
- PRANA– it delivers oxygen by automated compression of Ambu bag
- SVASTA– it is a ventilator which can work without electricity
- VaU– it is a dual-mode ventilator which can function with both medical oxygen and air.
- Shwaas– it is a portable oxygen concentrator.
A Multiplex RT-PCR Kit
- Developed by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology.
- Helps in detecting Covid-19 mutants/strains.
- It is 97% sensitive and 100% Specific.
Mobile Low-Pressure Oxygen System
It is developed by Indian Army and can convert liquid oxygen into oxygen gas.
- René Laennec invented the stethoscope in 1816 at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris. A phonendoscope is a stethoscope that amplifies auscultatory sounds.
- In 1899, Jean-Louis Prévost and Frédéric Batelli, two physiologists from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, were the first people to demonstrate the concept of a Defibrillator. In 1930, the external defibrillator was invented by electrical engineer William Kouwenhoven.
- The modern disposable catheters were developed by David S. Sheridan in the 1940s. He was given the name of the “Catheter King” by the Forbes magazine in 1988 and also started and sold four different catheter companies.
- India Today- DIPCOVAN: DRDO develops indigenous Covid-19 antibody detection kit
- The Indian Express- Pune lab develops India’s first home Covid test kit
- NDTV- Mumbai Student Designs “Cool PPE Kit” With Ventilation For Covid Warriors
- The Hindu- Three ventilator models developed by VSSC likely to be ready for tech transfer by end of May
- Press Information Bureau- Oxygen Recycling System designed by the Indian Navy to mitigate the current oxygen crisis