Chandigarh, March 26 -- A faculty member of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has developed an inexpensive device which can be used in place of ventilators.

Dr Rajeev Chauhan, assistant professor in department of anaesthesia and intensive care, along with engineers Akash Gaddamwar and Eshan Dhar of a private firm, has come up with a prototype for an affordable artificial manual breathing unit (AMBU) device. They have applied for a patent of the device and have received a positive response.

Manual resuscitators or AMBU bags provide a short-term alternative especially to healthcare institutions in developing countries such as India, but human error can lead to over or under pumping of the bag, often leading ...