Coronavirus India: Nagpur’s Dr Anand Sancheti develops ventilator with splitters

Akshay Badve
Sunday, 5 April 2020

Dr Anand Sancheti, Director of NewEra Hospital in Nagpur, has come up with an innovate solution to overcome the medical equipment crisis. He has developed a device that can ventilate up to eight persons.

The sharp spike in the coronavirus cases in India has been a major reason for rising anxieties. Is our healthcare system robust enough to deal with the pandemic? The shortage of ventilators is one of the biggest challenges India faces in its battle against coronavirus. Ventilators are required for COVID-19 patients, as they incline to grow Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS). Therefore, ventilators are necessary to help the infected breathe. Amid the nationwide lockdown, the healthcare experts toil to provide us with hope.

Dr Anand Sancheti, Director of NewEra Hospital in Nagpur, has come up with an innovate solution to overcome the medical equipment crisis. He has developed a device that can ventilate up to eight persons.

“We made this ‘ventilator splitter’ with the use of 3-D printing apparatus. Now, in case of any emergency, we can ventilate eight patients with one ventilator. To ensure the infection will not spread from one patient to another, we have installed a universal filter too,” Dr Sancheti told Sakal Times.

The use of splitters in ventilators is a known concept and can ventilate two to four beds at most. However, this is arguably the first such system that can serve eight patients at the same time.

“I would thank Siddharth and Samir Bhusari [Saras Life Solution Company, Butibori] for providing technical support in the project. With the help of all team, we created this device in just two days,” added Dr Sancheti, who is a cardiac surgeon. 

Till date, Dr Sancheti has performed over 4,000 surgeries and has expertise in doing off-pump beating heart bypass and paediatric cardiac surgeries. The innovation will help coronavirus patients and the panicked masses breathe easier.

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