As on November 2022
units installed in government health facilities in Assam
- Assam, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh
Nitesh Jangir Co-founder and Director, InnAccel Technologies
Our vision is to enable access to quality healthcare for everyone, regardless of the clinical setting. This vision is now closer to reality with the help of SAMRIDH’s support. The support of funds and advisory is playing a substantial role in our growth. We have deployed the Saans device to all public hospitals in Assam. This project has the potential to provide the road map for the global implementation of non-invasive ventilation in limited-resource settings. The support from SAMRIDH has put us on an accelerated path to becoming financially sustainable.
SAMRIDH’s financial assistance is enabling InnAccel to scale-up the manufacturing and deployment of Saans, an easy-to-use, portable, neonatal Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) system. With this support, InnAccel has been able to hire a dedicated commercial and support team to drive the uptake of the device through private and public healthcare systems. In partnership with National Health Mission-Government of Assam, it is implementing state-wide deployment of the Saans devices in Special New-born Care Units(SNCUs) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) of district hospitals and ambulances, and further providing a base to replicate the scale up across other states.
babies are born with respiratory distress each year in non-tertiary care settings in India
of these infants die due to lack of respiratory support
increase in child mortality in India due to direct and indirect effects of COVID-19
Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) is a common breathing disorder in premature babies in India, causing 150,000 deaths annually. The condition can be treated with Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). However, the majority of infants in India are born in primary or secondary care centers that do not have access to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) equipped to handle these medical emergencies soon after birth. The existing CPAP solutions require the use of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) grade infrastructure, which makes them unusable during transport. As a result, about one-third of these RDS-related deaths occur while the infants are being transported to an NICU. These infant mortalities can be significantly reduced if CPAP therapy becomes accessible in lower-level heath care centers or during transport to NICUs.
PORTABLE, INFRASTRUCTURE-INDEPENDENT, NEONATAL CPAP DEVICE
Saans is an easy-to-use, portable, neonatal/pediatric CPAP system that provides short-term breathing support for infants suffering from Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) in non-NICU settings. It is the world’s first CPAP device with a manual powering option, and is designed to work during transport as well as secondary care settings.The Saans device features an in-built compressor and blender, battery backup for up to 4-6 hours, and compatibility with all standard oxygen sources and patient interfaces, making it a versatile breathing support system for children. The device was conceptualized and developed in partnership with the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.