MedTech: IIT-B student designs portable operating room, showcases in BETIC-2019

With the technical advancement in the medical field, every day, scientists are coming up with newer products, which change the narrative of the healthcare system. Dinoj Joseph, a 29-year-old researcher, from IIT-Bombay, developed the portable operating room, which can be shifted from one place to another, as per the requirement

Portable operation room

You must have heard about the portable ECG machines, ultrasound machines, and chargers, but have you heard about a portable operation room? No, right? You must be thinking, how could an operation room become portable?

With the advancement in the field of medical technology and biotechnology, every day, scientists are coming up with newer and smarter products, which can change the narrative of the healthcare system.

Dinoj Joseph, a 29-year-old researcher, from IIT-Bombay, has developed the portable operating room. It’s a unique design which can be shifted from one place to another, as per the requirement and emergency. The prototype of the portable operating room was showcased at IIT-B’s 5th Annual Symposium and Medical Device Expo at IIT Bombay.

The event was organised by BETiC – Biomedical Engineering & Technology (incubation) Centre, as part of IIT-Bombay’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The room is built with the help of foldable, disposable plastic. The plastic used is light and can be carried easily, daily in your bag.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dinoj, a student of Industrial Design, said, “In case, when a person can’t be shifted to the hospital, surgery has to be carried out immediately, or a pregnant woman has to be attended, the portable room would solve the problems. The operating room can be set up in a small room as well.”

“Four surgeons can work together in the room, and carry out a surgery. While preparing for my academic project, this idea has cropped in my mind. It is a prototype and is still at a primary stage. We have to check the feasibility, how we can place other devices in this room,” added Dinoj.

The idea was floated by BETiC, it was guided by Professor Vijay Bapat of Industrial Design, provided their assistance to develop the project. An initial prototype is made and further integration of surgical equipments and validation is remaining.

The user research was carried out at (Loak Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa) with Dr Anagha Ampte and Dr Ravi Arole (CRHP Jamkhed).