The spread of novel coronavirus has a small silver lining: emphasising how innovative people can be under pressure. A Mumbai-based doctor has invented a helmet to control the spread of coronavirus at the source. The helmet will help to isolate the patients on the bed and may save the doctors and the medical staff from infection.
Dr Raviraj Jadhav, a surgeon who has a hospital at Rasayni near Panvel, has invented the device.
A prototype of the product has been made, and after a trial, this will be available for patients in the number of hospitals. He has named the product as ‘Sampoorna Head Enclosure System For Infection Control’. He said that after the COVID-19 outbreak, he was thinking about stopping the infection at the source that is at the level of infected patients.
“There are many good products available in the international market for the medical staff, but they are very costly. Instead of that, we have to invent some equipment which will reduce the risk. Then, I started work on it,” Dr Raviraj Jadhav said.
“Normally, coronavirus patients are given a respirator mask for breathing. This technology needs to have air exchange and negative pressure rooms. The respirator mask has two holes to exhaust carbon dioxide while breathing. If the patient coughs, the virus may spread through the droplets from the holes, which is highly risky,” Dr Jadhav explained.
This helmet can channelise the carbon dioxide, and a patient can be isolated scientifically.
“Instead of making the room isolated, it is easy to make the patient isolated. The helmet will help patients to use the respirator safely without spreading infection. After a successful trial, it will be available in the next two-three weeks,” he added.