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|Health Topic||Child mortality|
Problem being addressed
Respiratory failure occurs when the body is unable to utilize sufficient enough oxygen to meet the body’s demands. This can be due to infections and accounts for about 4.9 million infant deaths annually in developing countries. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are efficient in treatment but common models are too expensive to be used in low-resource health facilities.
Detailed description of the solution
The Baby Bubbler is a continuous positive airway pressure device that inflates the infant’s lungs and increases oxygenation while they are healing from a respiratory infection. This CPAP device is about $400 compared to common $6000 devices. The bubbler comes with a patient interface, CPAP generator, and flow generator that provides ambient air to the infant with the option of adding supplemental oxygen.
- Designed by: InfantAir at Rice University
- Manufacturer (if different):
- Manufacturer location: Rice University
When and where it was tested/implemented
Molowi in 2012
Finalist in Saving Lives at Birth Competition
Other internally generated reports
Bubble CPAP System (February 2013). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.
Ruth, David. Baby Bubbler a breath fresh of air (2010, June 6). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.
Rice University. "Rice's Baby Bubbler." Online video clip. YouTube (2010, June 4). Web. Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.
Externally generated reports
Bubble CPAP system (2013, November 8). Retrieved November 10, 2013 from here.