G H Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur’s BETiC-GHRCE had designed new ‘U’-shaped splitter with optimum length with no eddy formation during flow of oxygen to the patient. Along with this, one single restrictor was designed for variable flow rate of oxygen depending on lungs capacity. Patients with COVID-19 in serious or critical condition often require assisted breathing via ventilator. As the number of patients in need of ventilators grows there are not adequate numbers of ventilators to support the high number of patients. It’s a routine practice that a single ventilator is used for single patient. But in one study it is stated that the utilization of ventilator is only 25% to 35% for single patient. Hence for the optimum utilization of ventilator, splitter can be used for two or more patients.
As an academic institute it’s a social responsibility and want to stand with IGGMC, AIIMS & GMC, Nagpur in this pandemic situation of COVID 19. BETiC-GHRCE willing to work jointly with medical colleges in the area where technology can solve new problems and come up with affordable solutions. For this a team comprises of Dr. Vibha R Bora, Incharge BETiC- GHRCE. Dr. Nilesh Awate, Asst. Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Rahul Jibhkate, Asst. Professor, Mechanical Engineering. Rohan Deshpande, Final year student, Mechanical Engineering and the non-teaching staff Gautam Nitnaware, Sachin Fartade who had worked under the guidance of Dr. Sachin Untawale, Director, GHRCE to design a new splitter and innovative single restrictor. Team GHRCE had successfully tested it at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGGMC), Nagpur with Dr. Vaishali Shelgaonkar, Professor, Anesthesiology (IGGMC) with her team Dr. Samruddhi, Dr. Ketan and Dr. Nagesh on 16th April, 2020. After first testing, few modifications were suggested by Dr. Vaishali and that were also inculcated before final testing on 23rd April, 2020. Dr. Vaishali Shelgaonkar had expressed her gratitude towards Dr. Ajay Keolia, Dean IGGMCH and Dr. Ravi Chavan, Deputy Medical Superintendent for their kind support.
Under the Intellectual Property rights (IPR), GHRCE, Nagpur had registered design of this ‘U” shaped splitter. For this Covid-19 any one can print this ‘U’ shaped splitter, as files will be available as open source and can contact Dr. Nilesh Awate (9822508738).