Baby Bubbler

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Baby Bubbler
Status Prototype
Countries of replication Africa
Health data
Health topic Child mortality
Health classification Treatment

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: InfantAir at Rice University
  • Manufacturer (if different):
  • Manufacturer location: Rice University

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

Molowi in 2012

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Finalist in Saving Lives at Birth Competition

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Bubble CPAP system (2013, November 8). Retrieved November 10, 2013 from here.

IP and copyright[edit | edit source]

Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards[edit | edit source]