DRDO Oxygen Supply System: PM CARES Fund on Wednesday approved procurement of 1,50,000 units of the ‘Oxycare’ system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at a cost of Rs 322.5 crore.
DRDO’s Oxycare is a SpO2 based Oxygen Supply System which regulates the oxygen being administered to patients based on the sensed SpO2 levels. With this, 1,00,000 manual and 50,000 automatic Oxycare systems along with non-rebreather masks were being procured.
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, the Ministry of Defence stated, adding that it can be effectively used to treat COVID-19 patients.
Two variants of the system have been configured, the government stated, adding that the basic version consists of a 10-litre oxygen cylinder, a pressure regulator cum flow controller, a humidifier and a nasal cannula.
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.
The DRDO has transferred the technology to multiple industries in India which will be producing the Oxycare systems.
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