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About this medical device
Status Prototype
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in United States
Replicated in Africa, Asia, South America
Health topic Child mortality
Health classification Preventative
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Documentation data

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Hospitals in low-resource settings are often ill-equipped to address improper fluid intake, a condition that presents fatal risks for newborns. NeoSyP is an inexpensive and simple automated neonatal syringe pump designed to safely and accurately deliver fluids to newborns.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

A mass driver provides a constant driving force to a pendulum apparatus that oscillates with a constant frequency. This constant oscillation is then translated by a set of gears into a downward motion on the syringe. This setup allows for the controlled delivery of fluid. An aluminum housing protects the gear system and an acrylic housing protects the device and supports the syringe.

Describe its relevance for resource-constrained settings[edit | edit source]

NeoSyP was designed for developing countries to provide a cost-effective and easy-to-use alternative to the often improperly and inefficiently used intravenous therapies found there. This simple mechanical syringe driver is designed specifically for resource-constrained settings because it ensures the accurate and safe delivery of essential fluids to newborns without the use of electricity and is designed to function optimally even in harsh working conditions.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: a team of students from Rice University's Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Beyond Traditional Borders funded this project through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Carstens, E., & Cui, Y., Kamath, R., & Ouyang, C., & Sung, C. (2011). NeoSyP: Neonatal Syringe Pump for the Developing World. Brochure.

Zikomo: Neonatal Syringe Pump for the Developing World (2011). Rice George R. Brown School of Engineering. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Goodier, R. (2011). A new syringe pump can save babies' lives in developing countries. Engineering for Change. Retrieved January 16, 2011. Link available here.

NeoSyp. (2011). Maternova. Retrieved January 16, 2011. Link available here.