Ventilators in high demand due to coronavirus

Shortage of critical medical devices pushes manufacturers to produce more


As the coronavirus outbreak is affecting people across the globe, the government and people are facing a grim reality. There are not enough lifesaving ventilator machines to save life of coronavirus infected patients who have become critically ill. It is a life and death situation for people who are facing dire respiratory effects of the coronavirus. Ventilatory intervention is often proved lifesaving when patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience acute respiratory complications.

A ‘ventilator’, also called a ‘respirator’ is a machine designed to provide mechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs for patients who face difficulties in breathing on their own. Modern ventilators are computerized machines and majorly used in intensive care units, home care, and emergency medicine (as standalone units) and anesthesiology (as a component of an anesthesia machine).

The Washington Post states that depending on how bad the coronavirus pandemic gets in the United States, individual cities could come up with thousands of ventilators short as patients flood hospitals.

India is also going through the same as many other coronavirus infected countries, and the country will have to step up domestic production and supplies. Considering the acute cases call for ventilators, there is a strong demand for increasing the supply and deployment of ventilators, of which there is, in any case, an acute shortage.

The players in the global ventilators market are Philips Healthcare, ResMed, Medtronic, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Getinge, Draeger, Smiths Group, Hamilton Medical, GE Healthcare, Fisher & Paykel, Air Liquide, Zoll Medical, Allied Healthcare Products, Airon, Mindray, and Schiller.

The list of ventilator manufacturers and suppliers in India includes Avishkar International, Narang Medical, Anda Medical India, Cistron Systems, Anaesthetics India, Jm Global, Erkadi Systems, and many more.

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Technical Editor - Mandeep Kaur is working with IPP Group and holding editorial responsibilities for the IndiFoodBev and PSA Healthcare platforms. Earlier she handled editorial responsibilities of food, beverage, and agriculture publications at another publisher. A gold-medalist in M Tech (Food Technology), she has hands-on experience in operating different types of instruments related to physico-chemical testing of grains and flour. She has worked at Evalueserve in the Intellectual Property (IP) division for more than three years handling projects in the life sciences domain.


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