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Mumbai’s J J Hospitals devises ‘Kavach’ for contactless transfer of covid-19 patients

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Mumai’s J J Hospital has come up with an innovative way for contactless movement of covid-19 patients within the premises. The hospital has developed a transport chamber called ‘Kavach’ which aims to reduce the risk of infection among the hospital staff, visitors and other patients.

It has been developed by the general surgery department of the hospital with the help of engineers of a firm named Indomed Devices, a PTI report said.

Sanskrit word ‘kavach’ literally means an armour.

“The cost-effective glass transport trolley has a HEPA filter at the head end, which filters out particles as small as 0.02 microns,” Amol Wagh, assistant professor of surgery,  J J Hospital, was quoted as saying.

“Everyday thousands of health care workers test positive for the infection and have to be quarantined. This results in shortage of medical staff,” he said.

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Hence, innovation in protective devices is the need of the hour as medical staff has to spend long hours in PPE kits, making it difficult for them to provide required patient care and treatment, Wagh added.

Speaking about the innovation, head of surgery, Dr Ajay Bhandarwar, who came up with the concept, said the trolley will not only prevent transmission of coronavirus, but it also protect Covid-19 patients with low immunity from contracting other infections from their surroundings.

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