The team formed by the Innovation Cell, Institute of Naval Medicine, Mumbai and the Naval Dockyard Mumbai collaborated to design and produce PPEs
Indian Navy’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can now be mass produced as it has been tested and approved by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) Delhi, a DRDO organisation tasked with the testing and certification of PPE.
“Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is of serious concern as it imperils the well-being and availability of the Healthcare Workforce, apart from adversely impacting their security and morale,” according Indian Navy’s press release.
The PPE got a go-ahead with 6/6 synthetic blood penetration resistance test pressure and can be mass produced and used in clinical COVID situations. The minimum standard that the Indian government mandates is 3/6 and above as per the ISO 16603 standard.
As per the press release the PPE has a simple, innovative and cost-effective design; thus it can be made by basic gown manufacturing facilities. “The PPE is noteworthy for the innovative choice of fabric used, which gives the PPE it breathability and penetration resistance rendering it both comfortable and safe for the user. The cost for this PPE is significantly lower than those commercially available.”