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    Mahindra working on a frugal ventilator which may cost Rs 7500

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    Mahindra & Mahindra is partnership with two public sector units is working with an existing manufacturer of high-spec ventilators to help them simplify design and scale up capacity, said Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra a few days after the chairman Anand Mahindra announced that the group will offer all possible support to deal with COVID-19 contagion.

    Goenka in a tweet said Mahindra is overwhelmed with pouring in of support from individuals and companies for its effort to make available ventilators.
    MUMBAI: Mahindra & Mahindra is partnership with two public sector units is working with an existing manufacturer of high-spec ventilators to help them simplify design and scale up capacity, said Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra a few days after the chairman Anand Mahindra announced that the group will offer all possible support to deal with COVID-19 contagion. These interim lifesavers may come at a price of Rs 7500 as against sophisticated machines that cost Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh

    Goenka in a tweet said Mahindra is overwhelmed with pouring in of support from individuals and companies for its effort to make available ventilators.

    He informed," The company is adopting two pronged approach. At one end, we along with two large PSUs are working with An existing manufacturer of high spec ventilators to help them to simplify design and scale up capacity. Our engineering team is right now with them working on it."

    Anand Mahindra later informed on Twitter, the interim lifesaver will come at a cost of Rs 7500 as against sophisticated machines that costs about Rs 5 to 10 lakh.

    Mahindra is also working on an automated version of the Bag Valve Mask ventilator (commonly known as Ambu bag).

    The company hopes to have a proto-type ready in three days for approval. Once proven this design will be made available to all for manufacturing, informed the MD of the company.

    Anand Mahindra on Sunday had announced that he has decided to offer his 100% salary to deal with the rising menace of Corona virus and directed his group to immediately begin work on manufacturing of ventilators at its own factories as Covid-19 appears to be reaching the stage 3 of transmission.

    The chairman of $20.7 billion Group added that Mahindra Holidays will offer resorts as temporary care facilities and the group's project team stands ready to assist the Govt/Army in erecting the temporary care facilities.

    The Mahindra Foundation will create a fund to assist the hardest hit in our value chain (small businesses and the self employed)

    "We will encourage associates to voluntarily contribute this fund. I will contribute 100% of my salary to it and will add more over the next few months. I will urge all our various businesses to also set aside contributions for those who are the hardest hit in their ecosystem," assured Mahindra.
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    14 Comments on this Story

    Narayanan Lakshmanan242 days ago
    There is big hype in media on the demo, but I wish state that it is no more than a School Project as demonstrated. With Mahindra Power and Money, certainly, the organization should have attempted in a better level.
    Let me comment on the clinical issues of the device:
    - Single tube ventilation is used in the demo. This increases dead space multifold and hence CO2 clearance will be an issue. If CO2 clearance is impaired what is the use of Ventilation. In any Ventilator this is overcome by dual tubes – one for inhalation and another for exhalation. In Ambu Bags there is no tubing as it is direct mouth application.
    - Long tube increases the airway resistance and hence the breathing dynamics changes.
    - Variable Tidal volume is a must as different patients will have different lung capacity. There seems to be two levels only selectable which will not be enough to cater wide variety of patients. In the case of Ambu Bag, Physician using it has a Biofeedback. The users presses up to the needs of the patient. Also purpose of Ambu bag is only very short term till Ventilator is hooked up.
    - There is no provision for adding Oxygen which will be required in any respiratory distress.
    And much more can be said. How this will be used on critically ill? Big question if the authorities allows it to be used without proper audit on clinical aspects.
    Anasuya Bhattacharyya243 days ago
    It is great to see private,public ,private&public enterprises and the whole country are coming together to come up with products , innovations and services for health and well being of all.
    Hermes Innovator244 days ago
    Great initiative by a successful busdinessman who is a great human being as well.
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