Intelligent ventilation in India's healthcare crisis


A recent article published in the Hindu Business Line discusses how intelligent ventilators could play a pivotal role in addressing India’s healthcare shortages.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dramatic scarcity of resources in the country’s healthcare system today. Not only in terms of infrastructure and equipment, but also in terms of trained critical care staff - the Economic Survey 2019-20 put India’s doctor-to-population ratio at 1:1,456, which is well below the WHO’s recommended ratio.

The article looks at the many ways intelligent ventilators can address these issues - by delivering safe and efficient ventilation with minimal human supervision, by promoting early weaning, and by potentially shortening the duration of ventilation. Not only that, the lower number of manual interventions means a lower risk of contamination from patient to caregiver. While the current focus is certainly on the benefits of this intelligent ventilation technology in the context of a pandemic, the article concludes that it could help plug the gaps in a broader sense to ensure that India’s healthcare system is less vulnerable in the future. Although written with specific reference to India, much of the information is just as relevant to many other low- and middle-income countries.

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Date of Printing: 30.06.2022
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