A Ventilator also called as respirator is used when a patient is serious and requires outside support for breathing.
Ventilators have become synonymous for emergency care, unfortunately due to their high cost, not every hospital and patient can afford them.The good news is World’s smallest and cheapest ventilator has been made in India, revolutionising critical care.
This portable ventilator which is cheaper and can be useful amid shortage of conventional ventilators.
Trilok Sawant an engineering student residing in Mumbai has developed automatic portable ventilator called “Spandan”.
It is worlds cheapest ventilator to help Covid-19 patients, costs just INR 250.
A single controller can be used for six ventilators, thereby bring down the cost to INR 1000 for six units, he is a final year electronics and telecommunication engineering student.
The ventilator can be used for treating 4 patients at a time and can be easily moved anywhere by patients, even it can be used at home.
“Incase if a hotel is converted into an ICU, we can simply put this device and start using it as it doesn’t require other infrastructure” said Trilok
Seeing people queue for life support equipment, Trilok Sawant was convinced that there was acute need for a cheap and portable ventilator.
“ICU is very expensive in private sector, even the richest of rich can’t afford it for a long time” said Trilok.
According to 21 year old ventilator innovator he made this prototype device using scrap items available at home in just 8 hours!
The ventilator can run both on electricity and battery, his device can be used to send medicines through windpipe; the model is scalable and has a very low cost. India like most countries has a critical shortage of beds and ventilators for its 1.3 billion people.
India has estimated 40,000 working ventilators, but that will be inadequate in case there is surge in Covid-19 infections, the number of coronavirus cases in India is exponentially increasing.
In India alone the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 12,759 so far, while at least 423 people have died in the country from the infection.
If there is an unreasonable surge, India will definitely have a huge problem, No country has enough ventilators, No Nation will be able to cope with the epidemic; dealing with surge will surely be a challenge.Therefore measures like lock down are best ways to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 outbreak.
Trilok has bagged more than 40 National awards for his achievements, he was also awarded as best Innovator for the year 2018 among 10,000 scientist in India. Trilok has 2 elder sisters, his father is a retired bus conductor and mother a house wife are very proud of him.
After knowing Trilok’s invention of “Spandan” the low cost automatic portable ventilator, North Mumbai BJP MP Gopal Shetty visited his residence to see the invention along with Dr,Bipin Doshi an experienced mechanical engineer to evaluate the basic model.
They appreciated the model and said that this ventilator would be very useful to the country in present health care crisis.
I will help him financially and in other ways required to encourage his talent and hard work and will make him part of Make In India project.” said Gopal Shetty
The United States has praised the Indian engineer for building low cost ventilator.
StoryMakers Congratulate Trilok Sawant for his remarkable and innovative ventilator for helping the patients in challenging times.
Indian Government should come forward and focus on his invention for further development.
A new generation of precocious youth is solving the problems of today with ambitious ground breaking tech.
India has a young Inventor with great potential; his noteworthy contributions in field of science make us proud all over the world.
We hope he achieves all his dreams.
(Interviewed and Written by Raavya Sarda)