PM CARES Fund approves Rs 322.5 crore for 1.5 lakh units of DRDO's oxygen supply system

This system was developed by drdo'S Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory, Bengaluru, for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas.

Published: 12th May 2021 04:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2021 04:51 PM   |  A+A-

Oxycare is a SpO2-based Oxygen Supply System which regulates the oxygen being administered to patients based on the sensed SpO2 levels. (Photo | ANI)

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NEW DELHI: PM CARES Fund has accorded sanction for procurement of 1,50,000 units of ‘Oxycare’ system developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at a cost of Rs 322.5 crore. 

Oxycare is a SpO2-based Oxygen Supply System that regulates the oxygen being administered to patients based on the sensed SpO2 levels. Under this sanction, 1,00,000 manual and 50,000 automatic Oxycare systems along with non-rebreather masks will be procured.
Ministry of Defence (MoD), in its press release, said, “The Oxycare system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents the person from sinking into a state of hypoxia which can be fatal. This system was developed by Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bengaluru of DRDO for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas. The system is indigenously developed for operation in field conditions and is robust. It can be effectively used to treat COVID-19 patients.”
Two variants of the system have been configured. The basic version consists of a 10-litre oxygen cylinder, a pressure regulator cum flow controller, a humidifier and a nasal cannula. The oxygen flow is regulated manually based on the SpO2 readings. In the second configuration, the oxygen cylinder is equipped with electronic controls which automatically regulates the oxygen flow through a low-pressure regulator and a SpO2 probe.

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Mentioning the advantages of the system, MoD said, “This oxygen Supply System optimises the consumption of oxygen based on the SpO2 reading of the patient and effectively increases the endurance of portable oxygen cylinder. The threshold SpO2 value for initiating flow from the system can be adjusted by the health staff. A display is provided for continuously monitoring the SpO2 levels.”

The workload and exposure of healthcare providers are considerably reduced by eliminating the need of routine measurements and manual adjustments of oxygen flow added to the ministry.
The automatic system also provides a suitable audio warning for various failure scenarios including low SpO2 values and probe disconnections. The non-rebreather masks are integrated with the Oxycare Systems for efficient use of oxygen which results in saving of oxygen by 30-40%. The non-rebreather masks need to be changed for every patient. These Oxycare systems can be used at homes, quarantine centres, COVID Care centres and hospitals.
The DRDO has transferred the technology to multiple industries in India which will be producing the Oxycare systems.

PM Cares Fund, as per the official website, is a public charitable trust under the name of Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) which was set up Keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation. PM CARES Fund has been registered as a Public Charitable Trust. The trust deed of PM CARES Fund has been registered under the Registration Act, 1908 at New Delhi on 27th March 2020.


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