Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Respiratory failure accounts for about 4.9 million infant deaths a year in developing countries. CPAP devices are successful in treatment but can be too expensive to be used commonly in low-resource facilities.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The Breath of Life CPAP device is much cheaper (~$1000) compared to other devices that range from $4-10,000. The flows air or oxygen into airway interfaces to maintain a safe pressure in the lungs, preventing respiratory distress. The device is easy to use as health care workers only need to attach nasal prongs to the child’s nostrils in order to provide air flow.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Breath of Life
  • Manufacturer (if different): Medical Technology Transfer and Services
  • Manufacturer location: Vietnam

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


Funding Source[edit | edit source]

East Meets West

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

CPAP (2009). Medical Technology Transfer and Services. Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Sturdy CPAP for respiratory distress (2013, January 11). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.

Continuous positive airway pressure to assist spontaneous neonatal breathing (2013). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from here.

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