Amid the increasing cases of Coronavirus in the state of Gujarat, the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, has come up with an innovative technique of 'split ventilator' to serve more patients. The split-ventilator is nothing but a modified version of a single ventilator that caters to the need of multiple patients during the time of emergency and shortage of ventilators.
"Ideally, we need to have 1 ventilator for each patient, but if we don't have enough ventilators, then it's an option", Vineet Mishra Director of IKDRC said.
More than 200 fresh cases of coronavirus were detected in Gujarat, taking the tally to 1,939 on Monday, while the death toll rose to 71 after eight more patients succumbed to the infection, a state health department official said. Out of the 201 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, Ahmedabad alone accounted for 152, followed by Surat at 27 and Vadodara at eight, the official said. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad district rose to 1,248, of which 1,173 are from the city, the official added. A majority of the cases in Ahmedabad city has come from zones designated as COVID-19 hotspots, Principal Secretary (Health), Jayanti Ravi said.
Among other districts that reported new cases were Aravalli (6), Kutch (2), Mahisagar (1), Panchmahal (2) and Rajkot (2). Out of the eight deaths reported on Monday, Ahmedabad accounted for six, taking the toll in the district to 38. Two deaths were reported from Surat. All but two of these patients suffered from co-morbid conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, among others, Ravi said.
(With inputs from agencies)