Hyderabad: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Scientific Instrument Organization (CSIO), Chandigarh, has developed, ‘Aerosol Canopy for Dental Procedures’ to protect the dentists from COVID-19.

The canopy has been developed in co-ordination with Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh. It aims to protect dental and oral health doctors from infectious droplets and aerosol of patients during dental procedures.

The canopy will shield the doctor and dental assistant from a patient’s airway while letting them move the arm freely to perform all necessary tasks during the dental procedure, said the CSIO researchers.

The innovation by the CSIO was transferred to a Chandigarh based startup Nigam Scientific Works by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Director of CSIR-CSIO Chandigarh. Director explained to the company owners about the technology through video conferencing and the company will start its production today.

The Research and Development Team of CSIR-CSIO included Dinesh Pankaj, Sanjeev Verma, Vinod Karar, Neelesh Kumar, and others.

In the wake of COVID-19 the CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh has done several other innovations. It developed an Electrostatic Disinfectant machine and transferred the technology to Nagur based Rite Water Solutions for commercial production. Scientists said the machine produces fine disinfectant droplets of 10-20micrometer which increase the surface coverage area and makes it easy to kill microorganism and viruses.

Previously it also designed a ‘Foot Operated Water Dispensation Faucet’ to make the sanitization process hands free. The device was going to be fitted in Hospitals in the Mohali area by Jal Bath Fittings.

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