DRDO’s OBOGS self-sustainable oxygen generation technology developed for Tejas fighter jet is now being used in DRDO’s makeshift hospitals to save lives of COVID-19 patients.
An uprated version of Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP), On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) Tech would be used to produce medical-grade oxygen in DRDO assembled hospitals.
MOP utilizes pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technique and molecular sieve technology to generate oxygen directly from atmospheric air.
The DRDO has already used this technology to install oxygen plants at some of the military hospitals and establishments in North-East and Leh-Ladakh regions.
The first such plant set up in Tawang is operational since 2017 and it complies with international standards like ISO 1008, European, US and Indian pharmacopoeia.
Ever since the coronavirus outbreak, the scientists at DRDO labs have been working developing various products for the healthcare sector. Masks and sanitizers developed by the lab have already been distributed in bulk, while affordable ventilators has reached advanced stages of completion.
In another development DRDO has developed SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation) supplemental Oxygen Delivery System for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas.
The system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents the person from sinking in to a state of Hypoxia(a state in which the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues is inadequate to fulfill all the energy requirements of the body), which is fatal in most cases, This is exactly the situation that gets replicated in a Covid patient due to the virus infection and has been a leading factor in the current crisis, if sets in. This automatic system can also prove to be a boon during the current Covid-19 situation.