Inflatable incubators designed by a renowned British inventor are being shipped to war-torn regions to help preserve premature infants. Ukraine
Nearly thirty-five “Mom” inflatable incubators were shipped to war-torn areas. Ukraine
Ukraine has requested an additional 100, and 400 may be needed.
It won the James Dyson Award and is cheaper and simpler than conventional incubators.
British-made inflatable incubators are saving the lives of premature babies in war-torn Ukraine.
Nearly 35 “Mom” incubators have already been shipped to the country, with 16 more on the way.
The Ukrainian Health Ministry has requested 100 more, although it is expected that up to 400 will be needed to meet growing demand.
Nearly 35 of the pictured “Mom” incubators have already been sent to the country, with 16 more on the way.
The portable device, which won the James Dyson Award for Innovation, is less expensive to ship, assemble, clean and use than its conventional counterpart.
The wearable gadget, which won the James Dyson Award for Innovation, is cheaper and easier to deliver, set up, clean and use than its conventional version, providing much-needed flexibility for doctors and nurses trying to delivering and caring for infants in dangerous conditions. situations.
As a design student at Loughborough University, James Roberts came up with the concept after seeing a news report about the difficulty of providing neonatal care in deprived places around the world.
He said: “Hospitals are bombed; when anti-aircraft sirens sound, conventional systems cannot be moved. Our Mom gadget can be quickly disconnected and taken to bunkers or shelters, ensuring the survival of nurses and infants.
Each year, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely, which represents approximately one tenth of all births worldwide.
People born prematurely often have more health problems than those born at term and may suffer from long-term disorders affecting the brain, lungs, hearing or vision. Preterm birth continues to be the leading cause of death among children under five worldwide.
Manufactured in Felixstowe, Suffolk, the new style incubators are also used on a limited scale in the UK; four major NHS hospitals, including St. Peter’s in Chertsey, Surrey, and Norfolk and Norwich, have them, with plans for wider use in the works.
Incubators are essential in saving the lives of preemies because they maintain a “thermally neutral zone” in which infants spend their energy growing as quickly as possible rather than staying warm. For every degree Celsius that a premature child loses, their risk of death increases by 28%.
Due to the vulnerability of pregnant women forced to shelter in basements and bomb shelters with little or no medical assistance, the rate of premature births in Ukraine has increased dramatically since the start of the conflict.