BPL Medical Technologies Evolution through India’s Independence

A few decades ago, when Albert Einstein had commented; “It has become appallingly obvious that technology has exceeded our humanity,” the thought seemed a bit far fetched. But looking at the trending ways of technological evolution, the statement made some 5 scores back, now seems so relevant. While specifically talking about technology, medical and health sectors have seen a tremendous boost in India in the past couple of years post-independence.

Amidst a torn apart nation riddled with disease and sickness at the time of the East India Company quitting India, it became clear that there was a need to drive technology passionately towards improving the medical healthcare in India. This necessity was created to be done to push back the specter of various illness that was causing so many to get bedridden or worse face death.

Many organizations did toil and try to come up with technology-driven medical equipment to serve the healthcare sector of the nation, but it was BPL Medical Technologies that stood out the test of time. Under the capable leadership of TPG Nambiar, BPL Medical Technologies was established in a relatively quaint state of Kerala. The objective of establishing the company was to make the world realize that India was fully capable of manufacturing medical equipment.

BPL Medical technologies were successful in launching its first single-channel ECG in 1967. Following the successful attempt to manufacture the first ECG, the company was quick to the catapult its newfound fame to invent many other medical products that eventually proved to be of great service to many leading hospitals.

Through the growing years of medical technology, BPL Medical has designed many varying medical pieces of equipment. The vision that drives BPL Medical Technology is the belief that imagination is more important than knowledge. BPL Medical have managed to embrace and unlock knowledge that has successfully stimulated the processes that have managed them to evolve and create better and complex medical equipment.

As BPL Medical technology approaches the 71st year of independence of India, during this time the company too has grown through leaps and bounds and has seen an astounding growth of 5X and revenue of up to 350 crores and is still escalating. Indian medical sector has not only seen growth but has also created huge interest around the world. BPL Medical Technology has catapulted every moment of opportunity and now the company heads in manufacturing cardiology equipment and manufactures up to 10,000 units of ECG machines per year constituting 40 percent of its revenue of a single division.

As India spearheads into the future, BPL Medical Technology also goes hand-in-glove to grow digitally and embrace new business models to serve as many hospitals in the country.

Respiratory Issues Arising due to the Current Monsoon Climate

Contrary to the popular saying’ “There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people”. Climatic changes can cause major health issues to the healthiest of people, if not addressed at an early stage. People suffering from respiratory problems should especially be cautious and should be well prepared in the advent of a climate change that can provoke any kind of existing respiratory symptoms

The rate of global warming, increasing surface temperatures, melting glaciers and quick rising of sea levels to alarming proportions are constantly impacting human health. Through medical advancement in the field of respiratory systems, technology is now playing a major part in changing the epidemiology of the climate-sensitive pathogens. Below are some of the changes and symptoms that human respiratory functions can contract with the advent of climate changes.

Hot and Humid Temperatures

With escalating temperatures during summers, can prove to be fatal for people with respiratory disorders. This case is true with people suffering from asthma. During a hot season, asthma can usually flare-up, one of the reasons being the air becoming stagnant and trapping the pollutants which are inhaled by the patient triggering attacks.

In cases of patients suffering from COPD, it becomes mandatory that the patient, as well as the caregiver, understand the signs and warnings. When a COPD flares up its effects range from shortness of breath to severe coughing and sputum.

Cold and Dry Temperatures

Winters too can play havoc on the respiratory system and can have scarring effects on the lungs. Cold air is often dry air, and for many, especially those with chronic lung diseases this can spell trouble. Dry air tends to irritate the airway of patients suffering from lung diseases. The repercussions can vary from wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Monsoon Temperatures

Getting wet in the rains can cause allergies which if not attended to, can trickle down to the lungs. The resulting effects can cause cough, cold and sputum. These effects can be especially harmful to children. If the sputum is yellow in color, it is a clear indication of severe infection and needs immediate attention.

Respiratory Equipment Made Available

BPL Breathe Ezee N10 Nebulizer

Nebulizers most commonly called out as breathing machines that work wonders by aerosolizing liquid asthma medication into a mist that can be directly inhaled into the lungs This liquid converted into a mist directly attacks the virus in the lungs.

Using the 4th generation Vibrating Mesh Technology, the Ezee N10 can develop finer nebulized particles that do not leave a lot of residues when pumped. Lightweight and easy to carry around and low on power consumption. The liquid mist is formed using compressed air, and the medication is then inhaled into the lungs. The device comes with a low battery indicator and has an automatic shutdown system in place. The nebulizer serves as an immediate relief mechanism from asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, colds, and nearly any disorders in the lung tissue.

BPL OG4305 Oxygen Concentrator

When the patient suffers from a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the intake of air to lungs becomes a great challenge. Healthy lungs contain about 21% oxygen, which is sufficient for a healthy life. But this is not the case with patients suffering from COPD.

Such cases, you need a supplementary external oxygen source that can support your normal breathing parameters. The portable OG4305 is a user-friendly oxygen concentrator that is built in a flame-retardant thermoplastic cabinet that comes with wheels for ease of movement.  The device uses the pressure swing absorbent technology that ensures that a good amount of oxygen is produced. The device comes equipped with a purity indicator that guarantees oxygen purity levels of above 90%. The device is bound to improve sleep patterns, mental alertness, stamina, and allow individuals to carry out normal functions with ease.

Infant Care: Infant Warmers and Incubators

In any neonatal intensive care unit, the presence of an infant radiant warmer and incubator and ventilator is a necessity. These devices are essential for proper care of newborn infants, especially in the case of premature babies and babies with health complications.

Newborn infants are unable to regulate their body temperature and are at risk of losing body temperature due to evaporation of amniotic fluid from the infant’s skin. The stresses from temperature loss can lead to the infant developing respiratory distress, hypoxia and other long-term ailments.

The mechanisms for infant warmers and incubators differ in how they provide warmth to infants. Infant warmers are equipped with an overhead heat lamp and a heated mattress to provide warmth. These devices are designed to provide warmth from underneath the infant. Infant warmers provide easy access to newborns who require critical medical attention while ensuring the thermal environment is undisturbed.

The closed enclosures of infant incubators provide greater control over the ambient temperature around the infant. The enclosure also provides protection for airborne irritants and allergens that could pose a danger to the infant. The overall environment created by the enclosure facilitates healthy growth for premature babies.

Infant warmers and incubators both play an essential role in any maternity ward and patient wellbeing. The differing functionalities of the devices cater to the diverse needs of the healthcare centre and patients. Infant warmers provide better access to the patients while incubators provide a stable and safe environment for healthy growth.

Infants who cannot breathe on their own need to be connected to external breathing support. The mechanical ventilation in neonate is a complex procedure, where the lung protection of infants is of utmost priority in addition to the oxygenation. High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) is a dedicated mode in the ventilator, for those neonates and infants who cannot be adequately ventilated by conventional invasive or noninvasive modes.

 

Winter Care: How To Maintain Your Health

 

The winter season is typically a time of festivities and fun. However, the cold weather could dampen the festive cheer if proper care is not taken. The cold weather increases the risk of seasonal influenza while also increasing blood pressure. There are measures you should take to stay healthy during the winter season:

Outdoor Exercises

The cold winter months usually means a lot of time spent indoors. Staying in an indoor environment increases the risk of catching seasonal influenza while also resulting in weight gain during the winter months. Undertaking outdoor exercises helps keep you active and helps improve your immunity.

Winter Diet

What you eat is just as important as what you do during the winter season. Reducing carbohydrate intake is a good start to staying in shape in the cold months. Incorporating more fibers from fruits and vegetables will help reduce cholesterol in the body while also aiding weight loss. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids make it an ideal choice to reduce joint pain caused during the cold weather.

Healthy Lifestyle

Staying healthy during the winter months also comes down to taking a few precautions to maintain your health. Regularly washing your hands reduces the risk of getting infected by seasonal flu viruses. Taking care of your mental health is also important. Practicing meditation can help keep stress at bay and help maintain your mental wellbeing.

Monitor your Health

Monitoring your health during the winter months is the first step towards ensuring your wellbeing. The winter months are usually accompanied by a gradual increase in blood pressure monitoring your blood pressure using BP monitors will help you maintain your blood pressure at healthy levels.

An infrared thermometer is also a handy device to have during the winter months for monitoring of temperature in case of dealing with influenza. It reduces the risk of spreading the infection while also providing an accurate temperature reading. This makes managing a fever and flu symptoms much easier.

 

Obesity: Overcome the Epidemic

Obesity is an epidemic that is affecting more people everyday. In India alone, obesity affects 20 million women and 9.8 million men. It is expected that by 2025, 17 million children will suffer from obesity.

These statistics are frightening but making active changes in your lifestyle can bring a positive change in your own life.

Drop the Calories

When it comes to making dietary changes to manage your obesity, cutting out high-calorie foods is the first step to managing obesity. Processed foods as well as fast food cooked in fat are a large source of calories in our diet. Controlling your portion sizes is seen as another effective way to control the amount of food (and calories) that you consume.

Get Physical

A healthy diet isn’t enough to keep obesity in check. A minimum physical exercise of just 30 minutes a day is enough to improve the body’s metabolism. Being more active in your daily routine is a good way to keep the body working and burning the calories. Developing a habit of exercise and physical activity is a good way of maintaining your weight and keeping obesity at bay.

Think Long-term

Fighting obesity is a long-term endeavour that will take continuous effort to see results. An active commitment towards a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and regular physical activity is an effective way to keep obesity in check while also cutting down the risk of developing other illnesses. Utilizing a weighing scale will allow you to monitor your weight and stay committed to your healthy lifestyle to stay obesity-free.

How to Manage High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure poses significant health risks. Once diagnosed, there are changes you can make in your lifestyle that can help reduce your blood pressure and maintain it at healthy levels.

 Weight Reduction

Weight has a significant bearing on your blood pressure, being overweight increases the chances for health complications that contribute to a higher blood pressure. Losing weight is recommended as an extremely effective way to reduce blood pressure as every kilogram reduced will reduce blood pressure by 1 mm Hg.

Regular Exercise

A sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to high blood pressure. It is recommended that undertaking 30 minutes of aerobic exercise goes a long way to help reduce blood pressure by up to 5-8 mm Hg. Exercising should be done regularly and consistently to maintain a healthy blood pressure

Stress Management

Stress plays a major role in increased blood pressure as it causes the heart to beat faster and narrowing of the blood vessels. Occasional stress doesn’t contribute much to high blood pressure, but if the stress is experienced continuously, it increases blood pressure significantly. Managing stress varies from person to person, so identifying the stress triggers that affect you and acting on it can help you reduce stress.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can always help in lowering of blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg. Cutting out saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet while eating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are a great step to keep your blood pressure in check.

Reduction in intake of sodium and alcohol

Reducing sodium in your diet is recommended when it comes to managing blood pressure. Reducing processed food and choosing low-sodium foods and beverages is a step towards a healthy heart and blood pressure.

Drinking alcohol in moderation actually has potential benefits for reducing blood pressure depending on your body immunity. However, drinking too much alcohol will always lead to increase in blood pressure, while also reducing the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

 

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is recommended to regularly get a health checkup at the clinic. Your doctor will be better able to prescribe medication that is suited to your particular ailment. Additionally, it is also recommended to regularly monitor your blood pressure at home using a BP Monitor. This will allow you to track your blood pressure over time while also providing your doctor with the information they need for an accurate diagnosis.

Premature Infant Care

Caring for premature babies requires a lot more attention on their nurturing, to allow them to grow and develop in the same way as a regular infant.

During Pregnancy

During  pregnancy, special care needs  to be provided to mothers to ensure the safety, the mother and the child’s health.

  • Women expecting premature babies are recommended to deliver at a health facility which  can provide advanced neonatal care.
  • If labor occurs before 34 weeks of pregnancy, the woman is recommended to consult her doctor to receive steroid injections to promote the development of the baby’s lungs.

After Pregnancy

After birth, premature babies are kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), equipped with infant warmers and infant incubators.

  • Premature babies need to be protected against all infections. Medical examinations and procedures should only be performed when necessary and in an infant warmer.
  • Warmth is essential for premature babies. It is recommended babies be dried thoroughly and placed on their mother’s abdomen for a skin-to-skin contact.
  • Much like normal babies, it is recommended that premature babies also be breastfed as soon as possible after birth to ensure they receive natural nutrition.
  • Babies with serious health conditions are recommended to be placed in an infant incubator where they can receive the appropriate warmth and care to develop and grow.

Precautions against Health Effects of Air Pollution

Urban cities are plagued by ever-increasing levels of air pollution. Emissions from vehicles and factories as well as the increasing amount of particulate matter in the air are posing a dangerous threat to health.

Breathing polluted air can cause a number of short-term, visible symptoms. The severity of the symptoms varies depending on the individual’s sensitivity to pollutants. Those exposed to polluted air can show symptoms such as:

  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing caused by irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract
  • Shortness of breath during physical activity

Air pollution can also cause serious health complications, especially affecting the respiratory system:

  • Chronic lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels
  • Lung cancer

Precautions

As air pollution cannot be completely avoided, taking appropriate precautions can reduce the chances of developing health complications as a result of of pollution.

  • Verify the air quality in your area: Before leaving, check the air quality index of the area you plan on visiting. This will allow you to make an informed decision regarding your outdoor plans.
  • Maintain good indoor air quality: Fine particulate matter can still be present indoors, posing a danger to the overall health of you and your family. An indoor air purifier, such as BPL Medical Technologies’ air purifiers, filter the air of particulate matter using HEPA filters, providing a safe to breathe air indoors.
  • Stay prepared: Always carry medication if you are suffering from medical conditions such as asthma that are worsened by pollution. Nebulizers such as BPL BreathEzee nebulizers are ideal devices to ensure that the medication is delivered properly.

Swine Flu: Symptoms and Treatment

Swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, is a type of influenza virus that usually spread among pigs but in recent years has spread to humans as well. The flu is spread in much the same way as seasonal influenza. The virus spreads when the person infected with virus coughs or sneezes, releasing the virus into the air. Coming into direct contact with the infected person or any surface they have come into contact with is the only way to get infected yourself.

Symptoms

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal influenza. These include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Swine flu also has the potential to cause worse illnesses such as pneumonia and may cause complications for those suffering from diabetes or asthma. A test conducted by a doctor is the only way to accurately diagnose swine flu. However, in most cases, a test is not required as a healthy body is capable of fighting the virus on its own. Only pregnant women, children below the age of 5, and people above the age of 65 are at particular risk from being infected with swine flu and should get tested as soon as symptoms are detected.

Treatment

The treatment for swine flu is similar to the treatment for seasonal influenza. Drugs like oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir, and zanamivir are effective against swine flu. Other over-the-counter drugs for body pains can also be taken to alleviate the symptoms.

Regular vaccination against all forms of flu viruses is also recommended as it introduces the antibodies required to deal with the flu-causing viruses such as that of swine flu.

Washing hands regularly and reducing contact with the eyes and mouth are essential precautions to take to prevent the spread of swine flu. At the same time, avoiding those who are sick is another good precaution to take. Using infrared thermometers such as BPL Accudigit infrared thermometers allow monitoring of fever in a contact-less manner, thus reducing contact with those who are sick with swine flu.

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