Five senior bioengineering students at a sensor they hope will help save premature infants in developing countries.have created
The students created the Babalung Apnea Monitor, a low-cost, battery-operated neonatal monitor for infants, as part of a yearlong project.
Another student team is now developing a smartphone app that will be able to receive the device data.
This team has worked tirelessly to design a useful technology for very-low-resource settings. They sought feedback from physicians who work in those settings and incorporated this advice into their prototype. The unique feature of the device is the system that alerts a baby as an intervention to apnea—all without requiring a nurse to intervene.”
— Maria Oden, director, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Rice University
When a sensor connected to the bay’s chest determines the child has stopped breathing for 20 seconds, a vibrating motor attempts to restart the baby’s breathing. Five seconds later, if the baby has not resumed breathing, a visual alarm (a bicycle light hung above the baby’s crib) begins to flash.
Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3xBaa3VN9c
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