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Phone Oximeter

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About this medical device
Status Prototyped
Made? No
Replicated? No
Designed in Canada
Replicated in Africa
Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Diagnosis
Documentation data
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Pre-eclampsia is a major cause of maternal and infant mortality. Although medical equipment exists that can detect high blood pressure during the early stages of pregnancy, many women in resource-limited settings do not have access to equipment that could help detect the onset of pre-eclampsia.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

This device integrates pulse oximetry, a method which shoots light waves through a patient’s finger to determine blood oxygen levels, with software that can be downloaded into a cell phone. By using these mechanisms, this device can track the mother’s oxygen levels, a critical measure for accurately predicting pre-eclampsia. By combining these two mechanisms, this mobile pre-eclampsia risk assessment device can overcome barriers found in low resource settings such as a lack of skilled medical workers and minimal accessible medical facilities.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Mark Ansermino and Peter von Dadelszen, clinician scientists the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of British Columbia
  • Manufacturer location: Vancouver, BC Canada

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Finalist of Saving Lives at Birth competition

References[edit | edit source]

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Hume, M., & Koring, P. (2011, July 28). Canadian innovators win global competition to tackle maternal health. Retrieved from here

PIERS on the move: Pre-eclampsia integrated estimate of risk assessment on a mobile phone. (2011). Retrieved from here