Medical equipment data
Health topic Child mortality
Health classification Treatment


Project data
Location California, United States
Status Clinical trial
Instance of Jaundice treatment
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Twelve percent of newborns need to receive immediate treatment for severe jaundice. This problem can be solved through the use of phototherapy treatment, but in low-income settings existing phototherapy options are often ineffective, costly, difficult to maintain, and improperly used.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

Comet is a low-cost, high-performance, and compact jaundice treatment device intended to be used in rural clinics or as a backup for urban hospitals. This device is a cheaper, smaller and more energy-efficient device than Brilliance, another phototherapy device developed by the same design team. Comet utilizes high intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which provide the intense blue light to treat jaundice. Comet has a lifespan of 3-5 years, requires minimal maintenance, and is designed to retail at less than $150.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by:Design Revolution: Design for the Other Ninety Percent
  • Manufacturer (if different):
  • Manufacturer location: Palo Alto, CA, USA

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

India and Nepal

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Finalist in Saving Lives at Birth Competition One Heart World-Wide

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publication[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Hong, M. (2013, October 07). [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://web.archive.org/web/20140210002449/http://blog.d-rev.org:80/

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Cheaper, greener blue light: A better phototherapy device for jaundice treatment. Retrieved from https://www.engineeringforchange.org/news/2011/02/01/cheaper_greener_blue_light_a_better_phototherapy_device_for_jaundice_treatment.html

Comet: Effective, compact, and low-cost phototherapy to treat newborn jaundice. (August 8, 2012). Retrieved from http://web.archive.org/web/20160507210939/https://savinglivesatbirth.net/summaries/163

IP and copyright[edit | edit source]

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

Page data
Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment, Project
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Caroline Soyars
Published 2013
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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