COVID-19: Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute develops 3 new medical equipment
Thiruvananthapuram: Giving hope to doctors and other health workers, scientists in Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) developed three new equipment for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Acrylosorb, equipment to collect body fluids and dispose it safely, is the first equipment developed here. Another one is isolation pod that restricts COVID-19 patients from having contact with others. Bubble helmet is the third equipment which will mark a revolution in the treatment of contagious diseases like COVID-19.
What is Chithra Acrylosorb?
The body fluids collected in a small container on the device will not spill from it or lead to any pollution as the container itself absorbs it. After using it, this device will be disposed on the incinerator along with other waste in the hospital.
Dr S Manju and Dr Manoj Kammath, scientists in Biomaterial Sciences department at the hospital, developed the unique device.
It is a special module that can be used to shift the COVID-19 patient safely from one place to another. A tend cover is attached with a pod that restricts the patient from having contact with others. The tend cover will be completely sterilized. A light bed is also arranged on the isolation pod.
Sree Chitra hospital developed bubble helmet as an alternative option for the traditional oxygen masks. Bubble helmet which completely covers the head of the patient will be connected through a special collar on it. This device will help the patient to overcome breathing problems and avoid using ventilator facility.
SCTIMST to provide the technology for free
The hospital will hand over the technology to companies for free without any restrictions on the patent.
“A contract will be signed with the manufactures to develop sufficient equipment for the treatment of coronavirus patients and overcome the pandemic,” said Dr Asha Kishore, SCTIMST director.