Global Medical Emergency

The mechanical ventilator is the most crucial medical device in use today. It is a vital component of Intensive Care Units (ICU) for medical emergencies. It also provides respiratory support for chronic respiratory illnesses like COPD and asthma, which kill 5,000 people every day in India alone, and 20,000 people per day worldwide.

Conventional ventilators are expensive and in acute shortage worldwide. They also result in grave complications like lung damage, pneumonia and organ failure, which can also lead to death. Studies show that 50% patients on conventional ventilators die or are injured for life due to ventilator complications. It is a medical emergency on a global scale.

For the first time we have a solution. The world's only safe and low-cost ventilator. It covers 9 patent applications and has been incubated by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay SINE incubator. Making this crucial life-saving device available in every part of the country and the world, at the earliest, is of utmost urgency.

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What are mechanical ventilators?

Ventilators are the most vital component of the modern Intensive Care Unit (ICU). They provide respiratory support for a range of medical emergencies like heart attacks, stroke, poisoning, head injury, burns, dengue. They are also used for respiratory illnesses like COPD and asthma, in ICUs and at home.

However conventional ventilators are very expensive (Rs. 20-25 lakhs for an ICU ventilator) and are thus in acute shortage, even in large cities like Mumbai. None are available in the rural areas. (A1-12).

National shortage of ventilators

Modern ventilators cause injury and death

Ventilators cause lung injury to 1 of 2 patients, and death to 1 of 3 patients using it.

All major ventilators use the forced-air ventilation principle, whereby high-pressure (+20 cmH2O) air is pumped into the lungs via an esophageal tube or mask to forcibly control the patient's breathing.

This is unnatural and harmful for the lungs, which are designed to take in air at a gentle pressure (-5 cmH2O) created when the abdomen expands and creates a vacuum in the chest cavity.

Studies show that conventional forced-air ventilators cause serious and irreversible lung injury to 1 of 2 patients, and death due to organ failure to 1 of 3 patients using it (C1).

Other issues with modern ventilators

Breathe better for better health

"All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level."

— Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, MD, The Textbook on Medical Physiology

Super Ventilator™

The world's only safe and low-cost ventilator.

Super Ventilator is a non-invasive one-piece device that fits externally on the abdomen or chest like a belt.

It is 4% the price of modern forced-air ventilators. Just Rs. 1 lakh instead of Rs. 20-25 lakhs. We plan to reduce the price to Rs. 25,000 in the future.

How does it work?

The Super Ventilator generates alternating vacuum and compression, thereby helping the abdomen / chest expand and contract as it would during natural breathing. It is thus natural and safe to use even for new-born and premature babies.

Unique Features

Unique Benefits

Super Ventilator makes it possible to provide safe and affordable ventilator treatment in every part of the country, including the poorest and remotest areas. It not only saves lives during medical emergencies but also improves the quality of life of millions suffering from chronic respiratory problems.

Medical Applications

A versatile device that can be safely used for medical emergencies, respiratory illnesses and lifestyle disorders. It can also be used healthy individuals to enhance their overall health and well-being through improved breathing (like Pranayama).

Users Indications Usage
Acute medical emergencies ARDS, ARF, IRDS, Snakebite, Poisoning, Head Injury, Burns, Cardiovascular Illness, etc. In ICU, PICU, NICU, Ambulance. Generally for 3-7 days.
Chronic respiratory illness COPD (Bronchitis, Emphysema), Asthma For daily use. During acute exacerbation. For strenghtening respiratory muscles.
Lifestyle Disorders, Healthy adults Stress, Diabetes, Hypertension, Anxiety, Fatigue For Breath Training. i.e. Slow, deep, abdominal breathing. Similar to doing Pranayama (Yoga).

Due to its non-invasive nature there are very few cases where the Super Ventialtor it is not suitable, and most of these can be easily accomodated in an safe and simple manner.

Use Case Precautions
Pregnant Women Use a chest piece instead of abdomen piece.
Rib Fracture Use abdominal piece instead of chest piece
Thoracic/Abdominal Surgery, Gastro-Intestinal Bleeding Use the device in a positive-pressure mode.
Upper Airway Collapse Use with Naso-Pharyngeal/Oro-Pharyngeal tube, Laryngeal Mask Airway, CPAP machine or nasal stent
Esophageal Reflux Can use if metoclopramide is administered

Engineering Breakthroughs

Low Cost

Despite its cutting-edge engineering Super Ventilator is amazingly affordable. It costs hardly 5% of a conventional ventilator. Rs. 1 lakh instead of Rs. 20-25 lakhs.

It thus makes it possible for every hospital, Primary Health Center and village to be equipped with sufficient ventilators to cater to any medical emergency.

It also makes it affordable to the millions suffering from COPD and asthma worldwide, to live an active, mobile and productive life.

Regulatory Certifications

Super Ventilator is currently being certified for the following medical standards:

Certification Country Description
ISO13485 Worldwide Manufacturing facility for medical devices
CE Europe Medical devices sold, distributed or used in Europe
FDA US Medical devices sold, distributed or used in US

Implementation

After developing and testing several different versions, we are now finalising the production prototype and processes.

The certification process for CE and FDA has already been initiated. Extensive clinical studies will be conducted in India and other countries, to establish the Super Ventilator's efficacy in a wide range of indications.

Full-blow production will commence in 2018. We are also open to licensing the Super Ventilator and its associated technologies to other ventilator manufactures, to help them switch to the next generation of safe and natural breathing ventilators, and ensure that this crucial life-saving device is delivered worldwide as fast as possible.

Everyone needs to be a part of this global emergency project, especially those who have the ability to make a difference.

Why a National Medical Emergency?

There is an ever-rising need for ventilators worldwide. Respiratory illness is the 2nd largest killer globally. However modern ventilators are too expensive and their production capacity is unable to meet the growing demand.

Even in wealthy first world countries likes the United States, Public Health authorities have developed plans on how to allocate the limited ventilators in case of major pandemics like flu (E1-3). Several papers have been published to evaluate the most ethical ways of deciding who should get ventilator treatment and who should be allowed to die due to lack of ventilators (E4-6).

Further, even the conventional forced-air ventilators that are available cause serious injury and causing complications in 1 of 2 and deaths of 1 of 3 patients using them (C1-8).

We are accustomed to thinking of "emergencies" as short-term, acute occurances. However silent long-term, chronic emergencies like this one are far deadlier.

For the first time, Supervasi has found a viable and effective solution. An ultra-low cost and safe ventilator that can be supplied and stocked in abundance, to ensure that no lives are lost to respiratory diseases, even in the remotest and poorest areas.

Reaching this life-saving non-profit solution to the masses, at the earliest, is thus a matter of the utmost urgency and priority for every person. The life of someone you love could depend on it.

US President Donald Trump declared the Opiod Crisis to be a "national emergency". The expected outcome of this declaration is increased funding to cope with the crisis, easing of regulatory compliances and reallocation of medical personnel and resources (D1-3). Opiod poisoning kills 142 people per day in the US (D1).

— CNN, August 15, 2017

Respiratory problems kill 5,000 people per day in India (B5) and 20,000 worldwide. There is just no comparison.

Saving upto 5,000 people a day in India

Based on World Health Organization statistics, more than 5,000 people die daily in India due to COPD and other respiratory disorders. SuperVentilator can drastically reduce the number of such premature deaths.

How can I help?

How do I get involved?

Area Details
Funds Rs. 3 crores is required to complete certifications, clinical studies, and first 3 months of production.
Thereafter the project can be self-sufficient.
Further funds would help us scale up much faster, to save thousands of more lives.
Expertise We require experts in FEA, multi-physics, simulation software like COMSOL and Ansys.
Clinical Studies Liaison with pro-active, research-oriented hospitals in India and other countries.
Sales Promotion of the Super Ventilator with Government and Private Hosptials in India and other countries.