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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Covid India Campaign, a non-profit, volunteer-driven, disaster support task force is collaborating with Applied Materials India Private Limited to help support medical communities during the Covid-19 crisis.

Leveraging such collaborative efforts, Covid India Campaign has engaged with specialists, including 3D printers, critical care experts, designers and engineers, under one roof to better gauge ventilator splitting techniques and designs to improve access among patients.

India is currently witnessing a shortage in the availability of ventilators leading to a sharp gap in supply and demand. Such limited access to respiratory support resources has created a strain on the medical fraternity; therefore, ideating towards ventilator splitting has taken precedence among non-profits in India.

Cost-effective

Through this collaboration, Covid India Campaign and Applied Materials India are attempting to simplify the process of designing cost-effective ventilator splitters, which may be assembled in any part of the country.

Applied Materials India is offering innovative open source designs for low-cost ventilator splitters that are prototyped by Covid India Campaign’s vast network of labs. Covid India Campaign also provides access to the 3D printing community and a host of industry experts to help design firms to quickly and efficiently produce designs at scale.

Speaking on the collaboration, Applied Materials India Country President and Managing Director Srinivas Satya said Covid-19 is undoubtedly having a tremendous impact in India and the situation calls for expertise from across sectors to come together to bolster and support the medical community as they work to mitigate the pandemic.

“Our collaboration with Covid India Campaign aims to help support the frontline healthcare workers during this time of crisis and deliver accessible products to those in dire need,” said Applied Materials India Country President and Managing Director Srinivas Satya.

ICATT Foundation and core team member of Covid India Campaign Co-Founder Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar said India is positioned third in the global ranking of Covid-19 infections with around 8 Lakh active cases.

“Studies suggest at least 5% of these patients require critical care (ICU) to survive. This means there is a dire need for about 40,000 ventilators across the country. Currently, we are experiencing a huge gap in the supply chain where the medical devices are concerned,” said ICATT Foundation and core team member of Covid India Campaign Co-Founder Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar.

Campaign group

ICATT Foundation and core team member of Covid India Campaign Co-Founder Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar said the foundation volunteer led Covid India Campaign group is working with various companies like Applied Materials India to support innovative designs to produce ventilator splitters through a network of rapid prototyping labs and the 3D printing community.

“This will potentially help address the current shortage of devices in the treatment centres,” said ICATT Foundation and core team member of Covid India Campaign Co-Founder Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar.

Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar, Nayan Bheda, Pankaj Gupta, Devendra Chaudhary, Harsha Madalam and Srinivas Kumar are the core team of the Splitter Group of Covid India Campaign.

Ventilator splitters are intended to act as a stop-gap device, which can effectively double or quadruple the number of patients who can be treated using existing ventilators. The splitters should also assist hospitals in the interim until new shipments of ventilators are readily available.

In picture: Cost-effective ventilator splitters by Applied Materials India and Covid India Campaign

About Covid India Campaign
Covid India Campaign (CIC), is a volunteer driven, pan India disaster support task force comprising of over 100 professionals from all walks of life including critical care doctors, corporate CXOs, alumni from the IITs and IIMs, engineers, 3D printers, ventilator manufacturers, venture capitalists, incubators, start-ups, corporates, NGOs, academia, industry and government bodies and others under the aegis of ICATT Foundation, an NGO dedicated to giving back to the Indian healthcare community and society at large and help cope with the Covid crisis.

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.

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