Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur as develops low cost Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kit for the frontline workers battling the coronavirus crisis. As per the claims of the team the kit is as safe as the standard PPE suits but would cost less than Rs 100 in mass production.
As COVID-19 is taking a firm grasp over India, the central and state authorities are working in overdrive in an attempt to curb the spread of Coronavirus infection. The frontline workers such as doctor, medical professionals, policemen, and sanitation workers are having a high chances of infections so a research team of IIT Kanpur develops a low cost Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kit. This PPE Kit help overcome its shortage for frontline workers battling the coronavirus crisis.
The IIT, Kanpur team of bio-science and bio-engineering researchers has named the kit PIPES (Polyethylene-based Improvised Protective Equipment under Scarcity). As per the claims of the team the kit is as safe as the standard PPE suits but would cost less than Rs 100 in mass production. This kits can be used by medical professionals, policemen, and sanitation workers who are at risk of contracting coronavirus infection.
"The spread of coronavirus has resulted in a huge demand for PPE for those working in high-risk environments. As standard PPE kits have become scarce, there is a need for low-cost and mass-producible alternatives for protection of the entire human body." said by the Prof Nitin Gupta of Department of Bio-sciences and Bio-engineering, who headed the team.
He explain that the PIPES kit based on thin cylindrical rolls of polyethylene (polythene), which is non-porous and commonly used for packaging and making carry bags. he said that the small or medium-scale factory can start manufacturing these PIPES kits. They process will be available openly. When the kits will be mass-produced one kit can cost less than Rs 100.
The professor further added, "The PIPES Kit may not be visually appealing and as comfortable as the standard PPE kit, but it meets the primary goal of protection against infection. The usability of the kit has been checked and feedback from doctors has taken".