Saving Babies at Birth- The Infant Resuscitator

Dr. Santorino Data of Mbarara University of Science and Technology is involved in an exciting project that has seen the invention of an Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) device to save babies at birth.

Background

Deprivation of oxygen (asphyxia) and breathing trouble after birth cause more than 1.8 million infant deaths per year, most in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Properly trained and equipped health care professionals can significantly reduce infant mortality due to asphyxia. Current issues include an acute shortage of trained birth attendants, the high cost of training, the difficulty and logistics of training and currently, one in five trained health care professionals fail to perform resuscitation correctly. There is no available data on the root cause of these failures.

"Deprivation of oxygen (asphyxia) and breathing trouble after birth cause more than 1.8 million infant deaths per year, most in low and middle income countries (LMIC)"

The Invention

A collaborative team involving Dr. Santorino Data, a paediatrician at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Kevin Cedrone, a post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has invented an Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR). AIR is an inexpensive add-on device for existing emergency ventilation equipment that monitors and records resuscitation performance. It provides real-time feedback to trainers and users to both shorten training times, and improve resuscitation quality and technique. On-board data logging permits clinician desk review to pinpoint and remedy common problems with resuscitation training and equipment.

Impact

Help infant resuscitation trainers to train more effectively, identify problems with current technique and training practices as well as save lives at birth.

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