Indian Air Force Inducts Indigenous Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation

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Indian Air Force Inducts Indigenous Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation

  • The Indian Air force has designed, developed and inducted an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT) .
  • This pod will be used to evacuate critical patients with infectious diseases including COVID-19 from high altitude area, isolated and remote places.

Overview

  • When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, need of an air evacuation system with facility to prevent spread of infectious aerosol from a COVID-19 patient during air travel was felt by Indian Air Force.
  • The first prototype was developed at 3BRD AF and has undergone various modifications.
  • To fabricate this pod, only indigenous materials have been used.
  • This is in line with Prime Minister՚s call for Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • The indigenously designed system costs around ₹ six thousand while the imported system costs around ₹ sixty lakh.
  • The system has been developed as a lightweight isolation system made from aviation certified material.
  • It has a transparent and durable cast Perspex for enhanced patient visibility which is larger, higher and wider than the existing models.
  • The isolation system caters for
    • Suitable number of air exchanges
    • Integration of medical monitoring instruments
    • Ventilation to an intubated patient
  • It also generates high constant negative pressure in the isolation chamber for prevention of infection risk to air crew, ground crew and health care workers involved in air transportation.
  • The ARPIT utilizes High efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) H-13 class filters.
  • It supports invasive ventilation using Transport ventilator.
  • The design integrates life support and monitoring instruments, long arm gloves for healthcare professionals and power pack with high endurance.
  • Design requirements have been evolved and are based on the guidelines issued by-
    • Ministry of Health and Family welfare (MoHFW)
    • National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) and Centre for Disease Control (CDC) , USA.
  • As of now, 7 ARPITS are being inducted by IAF.

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