Pumani bCPAP

CONDITION ADDRESSED: Prematurity

Prevention
Prevention
Prevention
  • PREVENTION
  • DIAGNOSTIC
  • TREATMENT
Pumani bCPAP

CONTACT INFORMATION

Organization

Rice 360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, Beyond Traditional Borders

Individual Contact

Email

Application

  • Designed for use in low-resource district hospitals that have access to oxygen and a reliable power source but do not have ventilator support for infants.

 

Advantages

  • Low cost
  • Easy to use and repair
  • Portable
  • Does not require a compressed air source

 

Important Milestones Achieved

  • Proof of concept and alpha and beta prototypes developed
  • Initial clinical testing completed
  • Grant received for country-wide scale-up in Malawi

 

Proposed Next Steps in Development

  • Country-wide scale-up of bCPAP in Malawi and evaluation to determine the cost-effectiveness of bCPAP in reducing neonatal mortality
  • Regulatory approval
  • Clinical implementation beyond Malawi

 

Partnerships/Collaboration Network

  • Beyond Traditional Borders at Rice University
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi
  • 3rd Stone Design, San Raphael, California

Recognition

  • Presented at the 2012 White House:  “Innovations in Global Health” event.
  • Early prototype featured in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/health/27breathe.html?_r=0

Stage of Development

Field/clinical studies

Funding Source

Howard Hughes Medical Institute; National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance; Saving Lives