I have spent months in emergency rooms in low resource settings and seen that they do not have basic healthcare facilities. The Equipment currently designed are designed for the high resource environment and can not be used in low resource settings without a significant investment.
What it does
This is a low cost, multi powered, the infrastructure-independent first line of ventilator which delivers blended air-oxygen at a pressure up to 40 cmH2O to the patients in need. It has just three settings and has an inbuilt battery backup of 6 hours. It has been designed using locally available components and tested for safety and efficacy.
How I built it
I have built it using locally available pumps, an smt32 board, a pressure and flow control valve and 12V lithium-ion battery.
Challenges I ran into
- Getting supply chain in local down but I am working with the local government to solve this out.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
- Saved more than 500 newborns using this machine
- Won commonwealth innovation award 2019
What I learned
- It is not just building the product for the functionality and usability and serviceability plays an important role in delivering a proper solution.
What's next for Saans: a CPAP ventilator for low resource settings.
With the new version of Saans for adults, we can impact thousands of lives in low resource settings. We are going for scale up and need financial resources that.