IIT-Kan­pur hands over life-sav­ing de­vice to SGPGI

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HTC

KAN­PUR : The In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy-Kan­pur (IIT-K) handed over a highly so­phis­ti­cated life-sav­ing de­vice to the SGPGI (Luc­know) in a cer­e­mony held on the cam­pus here on Tues­day.

The sci­en­tists at the Smart Ma­te­ri­als Struc­tures and Sys­tems (SMSS) Lab at IIT-K have de­vel­oped an in­ex­pen­sive and por­ta­ble de­vice for guid­ing the en­do­tra­cheal tube in­side the hu­man tra­chea, a pre­req­ui­site for the safe ad­min­is­tra­tion of gen­eral anaes­the­sia in any emer­gency or in­ten­sive care units. The IIT-K has also filed a patent ap­pli­ca­tion for the de­vice de­vel­oped by Aman Garg un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Prof Bishakh Bhat­tacharya of depart­ment of me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, IIT Kan­pur. The pos­si­bil­ity of CO2 based guid­ance was first sug­gested by Prof Dr Anil Agar­wal and Su­jeet Gau­tam from SGPGI, Luc­know .

This de­vice de­vel­oped by the SMSS Lab is par­tic­u­larly help­ful as many a times di­rect laryn­goscopy can­not be per­formed on ac­count of re­duced mouth open­ing, tris­mus (lock jaw), trauma or growth in the up­per air­way. Fi­bre op­tic bron­choscopy is of great help in such a sit­u­a­tion ac­cord­ing to the re­lease is­sued by the in­sti­tute. This de­vice uses non-dis­per­sive in­frared carbon diox­ide sens­ing in­side the in­tu­ba­tion path­way for guid­ing the ET tube in­side the tra­chea. The de­vice at­taches to the video bron­cho­scope as an aux­il­iary de­vice and con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors the end-tidal carbon diox­ide con­cen­tra­tion (ETCO2) in the ex­haled breath of the pa­tient by de­ter­min­ing and com­par­ing the vari­a­tion in the ETCO2 con­cen­tra­tion in the form of a gra­di­ent.

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