DRDO Develops Bio Suit For Health Workers

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a “bio suite” for the protection of medical professionals, including doctors treating people infected with the coronavirus.

Government officials said scientists working in various laboratories of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have jointly developed a “bio suite” which will act as a personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals.

Officals informed that in view of the increasing demand for PPE across the country, steps will be taken to produce at least 15,000 bio suits per day. India is facing a shortage of PPE for doctors and paramedic personnel treating corona virus infections.

“Scientists working in various DRDO laboratories have developed PPE using their expertise in textiles, coatings and nanotechnology, using special fibers with a special layer,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Defence ministry said, “The suit has been designed after testing various criteria with the help of the textile industry and has also been tested for protection against artificial blood.”

The DRDO is making all efforts to ensure that these suits are produced in large numbers and serve as robust line of defence for the medics, paramedics and other personnel in the front line combating COVID-19. 

The DRDO has prepared a special sealant as an alternative to seam sealing tape based on the sealant used in submarine applications. Presently, bio suits prepared using this glue for seam sealing by an industry partner has cleared test at Southern India Textile Research Association (SITRA) Coimbatore. This can be a game changer for the textile industry. The DRDO can mass produce this glue through industry to support the seam sealing activity by suit manufacturers. 

The DRDO has developed a number of products and technologies for defence against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents. Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE) Gwalior, a laboratory of DRDO, has developed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Permeable Suit Mk V. Fifty three thousand suits have been supplied to Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). 

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