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Ambu Bags 

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  • April 1, 2020
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Ambu Bags 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Science and technology 

In News:

  • The the government has been urged by IIT – Hyderabad to consider the use of ‘bag valve masks’ as an alternative to meet any surge in demand for ventilators, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key takeaways:

  • Bag valve masks are small devices used to deliver breathing support in emergency situations. 
  • They are also known as “ambu bags”.
  • These are currently hand-powered and therefore not suitable for continuous use as a ventilator. 
  • Similar devices can be manufactured which is powered by an electrical source, like a car battery or conventional power supply.
  • It is a portable and affordable device suitable to use even in villages and other remote areas. 
  • Conventional ventilators are generally expensive, hard to produce and not portable. 

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