Covid -19 was no less than a reality check on our preparedness level when dealing with severe outbreaks. Unfortunately, we failed. Even if it was unprecedented, the repercussions were so striking, and we cannot deny that it almost shattered the healthcare system we had, or maybe we did not have it in the first place.
Now that we are in 2022, we must avoid the mistakes or negligence that made us suffer then. And having enough ventilators would definitely be one of them. So, without rushing into any guilt trip, let us look at what the health tech giants have innovated as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak to strengthen the number of ventilators across healthcare setups.
A Glance at The Recent Innovations
- ➤ A new mains-powered ICU ventilator has been introduced by UK-based anesthesia equipment company OES Medical at Arab Health 2022 as part of the ABHI UK Pavilion. The ventilator intends to help hospitals control their oxygen demand.
- ➤ The Gemini-G100 ventilator is an electrically powered piston ICU ventilator with an integrated oxygen concentrator. The tool is for circumstances where high-pressure oxygen gas supplies are troublesome. The Gemini-G100 is unique as it simply needs access to the mains electric power and does not put any pressure on the hospital’s oxygen supply. It lessens hospitals’ dependency on oxygen supply, especially during times of high demand. The device has equipped with numerous settings that provide adequate ventilation for a variety of patients and situations at a reasonable cost.
- ➤ Max Ventilator has unveiled its multifunctional non-invasive (NIV) ventilators having inbuilt oxygen therapy and humidifier. The new product from the company is lightweight, simple to use, and capable of many different tasks. The cost of the device is only 25% of that of conventional ventilators. The best part, it is a perfect fit for adult and neonatal care as well.
- ➤ Another notable feature of the device is its ability to connect to a scavenging line. The scavenging line transports used gases, protecting other ICU patients from the effects of a seriously ill patient. This line is present in every ICU, preventing the patient breathing air from being evacuated outside, thereby lessening the odds of infection.
- ➤ At MEDICA 2021, Armstrong Medical, a UK-based producer of respiratory devices for use in perioperative and critical care settings, participated in the ABHI UK Pavilion’s debut of its therapy-improving heated ventilator circuits.
- ➤ A Start-up by Hyderabad Security Cluster (a Government of Telangana initiative) came up with Smart ventilators in 2020. These are integrated with machine learning & artificial intelligence and global experts that have brought to the table a culmination of inputs by medical experts, scientists, innovators, and engineers.
Why Do We Need More Ventilators?
The prevalence of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) & asthma dramatically necessitates more ventilators worldwide. In fact, COPD is the third leading cause of death and is caused by prolonged asthma, tobacco smoking, & exposure to air pollution. Since COPD calls for hospital admissions, critical care equipment like ICU beds, ventilators, & patient monitoring systems is a must. Other than this, the surge in the geriatric population, preterm births, and accompanying home care services has put forth the need for more ventilators. In response, the Ventilator market leading players are keen to develop technologically advanced products like portable ventilators, innovative ventilator sensors, etc., to cater to ever-evolving end-user requirements. Considering figures cited in a well-researched report published by Markntel Advisors, The Global Ventilator Market seeks to traverse an upward trajectory with a CAGR of 13% during 2023-28. The data indicate that the production of ventilators has been ramped up in the last two years and is likely to touch new benchmarks in the coming years.
Taking everything into account, we can infer that although the Ventilator market has paced up in the past few years, we still need more advances on the qualitative and quantitative fronts. However, citing the data that reveals ventilators to attain significant growth in the coming years is totally a sigh of relief. Hence, companies planning to invest in research and development for ventilators should surely take that next step with their best foot forward.