Updated on November 3, 2023

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Created on February 5, 2022

ApneBoot

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The Bempu ApneBoot is a shoe that monitors, alerts, and treats for infant episodes of central apnea.

Developed By
  1. Bempu Health
Tested By
  • Bempu Health
Content Partners
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Author

Product Description

The ApneBoot is an apnea monitoring device for infants developed by Bempu Health. The device is in the prototype stage and is currently undergoing clinical validation. ApneBoot is a shoe that monitors an infant for episodes of central apnea. When one is detected, the shoe vibrates the infant’s foot (stimulating the nervous system to restart breathing) to prevent apnea related damage. It sends out alarms (using both sound and light) to alert nurses and caretakers that an episode of central apnea is occurring. The ApenBoot can be used in homes, wards, neonatal intensive care units, and during medical transport.

Target Regions

Central Africa, South America, West Africa

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Bempu Health

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Neopenda Vital Signs Monitor for Newborns.

Manufacturing/Building Method

ApneBoot is currently a prototype and manufacturing has not yet begun.

Intellectural Property Type

Other

User Provision Model

Bempu Health's first product, the TempWatch, is sold directly through the manufacturer. The ApneBoot is still in development.

Distributions to Date Status

None

Design Specifications

The ApneBoot monitors the pulse rate and oxygen saturation of the infant using an SpO2 sensor. If an episode of apnea is detected, the shoe vibrates, waking the infant and stimulating the nervous system to restart breathing. It also alerts caretakers if apnea is detected. The ApneBoot is designed with medical grade silicon so it is easy to strap on, easy to clean and disinfect, and is comfortable for the infant. It is also designed to fit babies of varying weight.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components

Battery

Lifecycle

This product is a prototype so the lifecycle is not yet known.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Responds instantaneously Automatically stimulates the infants foot No training required Usable in clinic, home, and transport as well as during Kangaroo Mother Care

Vetted Performance Status

Clinical trials are currently being conducted by Bempu Health. Preliminary findings from a non-randomized study at Niloufer Hospital, Hyderabad found that 44% of apneas resolved within 15 seconds, likely attributed to the ApneBoot. 53% of apneas did not resolve in 15 seconds, most likely because they were not central apneas.

Safety

No known safety hazards are related to this product

Complementary Technical Systems

None

Academic Research and References

None

Compliance with regulations

Unknown

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. Stephen_Advisor says:

    Overall I think this is a good overview of this product. A few comments include:

    1. This states that this product doesn’t use any consumables although a battery is used (which only provides an estimated 72 hours of use). It is unclear if the product is intended to be rechargeable, disposable or have the batteries replaced.
    2. If not intended for one-time use, it would be valuable to have an estimate on how many times the unit can be used before needing to be replaced. Even if the actual lifecycle is not known, stating the “as designed” lifecycle would be helpful in better understanding the product. It can even be as simple as selecting an appropriate order of magnitude (1, 10, 100, 1000…).
    3. If it is a reusable device, some insight into how the device will need to be cleaned/sanitized would be valuable. Particularly since the target market is the developing world where many methods are unavailable or difficult to come by.
    4. There is a typo in the “Design Specifications” section where it reads “pulse rat” and I believe it is intended to be “pulse rate”.

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