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PATH Solar Powered Infant Warmer

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

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

There is an estimated 3,100 newborn deaths worldwide each day within the first 24 hours of birth. This number could be dramatically lowered if breastfeeding and warmth to the child were provided immediately. Without this treatment, infants are susceptible to hypothermia and potentially, death.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

This affordable infant warmer harnesses solar power from lightweight, high-efficiency photovoltaic modules and uses phase change material to store the heat. It has a low-cost temperature monitoring system to ensure infant safety. Once established, it is estimated to cost under $200.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH)
  • Manufacturer (if different):
  • Manufacturer location: Seattle, WA USA

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

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]

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Saving Lives at Birth. (2011). Extremely affordable solar-powered infant warmer to complement skin-to-skin care. Retrieved November 10, 2013 from here.

PATH solar powered infant warmer. Retrieved November 10, 2013 from here.

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