Updated on November 3, 2023

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Created on July 8, 2016

MiraCradle

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An affordable cooling device for treating birth asphyxia.

Developed By
  1. Pluss Advanced Technologies
Tested By
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Content Partners
  1. World Health Organization (WHO)

Author

Product Description

MiraCradle™ – Neonate Cooler is a passive cooling device which uses savE® phase change material (PCM) technology to induce therapeutic hypothermia among newborns suffering from birth asphyxia.

Target Regions

Worldwide

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price

$2,258.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The product is currently being distributed worldwide through the VIAGlobalHealth, Colmed and Dräger websites.

Manufacturing/Building Method

MiraCradle's materials are manufactured and mass produced by Pluss Polymers.

Intellectural Property Type

Patent Protected

User Provision Model

MiraCradle can be purchased online through multiple platforms such as VIAGlobalHealth, Dräger and Colmed.

Distributions to Date Status

MiraCradle is present in 165 hospitals across the globe as of August 2021.

Duration target temperature maintained (Hours)

72 hours

Accuracy range of target temperature (°C)

33-34°C

Power supply type

Phase Change Material cooling. No electricity needed. However, PCMs can be pre-cooled and stored for use when power is available.

Consumables

None

Indispensable equipment for function (Y / N)

Domestic refrigerator and temperature monitoring equipment

Maintenance or calibration required by user at time of use? (Y/N)

No

Design Specifications

The MiraCradle operates with the use of phase change materials (PCM) designed to melt/freeze at the temperatures which would ensure a temperature regulation of the infant between 33 and 34°C for up to 72 hours. The PCM absorbs heat from the baby thereby cooling the baby. The device uses two PCMs which have a melting/freezing temperature of 29°C and 21°C and an insulated cradle to place these PCMs. A gel bed is placed above the PCMs to give a comfortable surface for the baby Operational requirements as noted in the 2014 WHO Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings: Pre-cool the PCMs FS-29 and FS-21 in a refrigerator for a period of 6-8 hours. Place the 3 pre-cooled PCM FS-29 slabs in the insulated cradle. On top, place 2 slabs of PCM FS-21. Place the gel bed above the PCMs. Place the complete set in the bassinet of a standard infant warmer. Place the baby over the gel bed. Use a rectal probe to measure the temperature continuously. If the temperature decrease below 33°C, use a warmer to increase the temperature. Device Weight: 13 kg; Dimensions: 620 mm x 460 mm

Product Schematics

Technical Support

MiraCradle's website section on maintenance and operation suggests that the product is easy to use and should require zero maintenance. However, they also provide a detailed user manual, training video, and two guides for assembly and temperature monitoring, along with contact information for any queries.

Replacement Components

Instructions in the user manual suggest as follows: Replace savE FS-29 PCM and savE FS-21 PCM after they have individually been used 500 times. Do not use either after their expiry dates under any circumstances. Replace Conduction Mattress one year from the date of first use. Do not use Conduction Mattress after expiry date under any circumstances. Replace the temperature indicator on savE FS-29 one year from the date of first use.

Lifecycle

3 years, as listed in the 2014 World Health Organization's Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Non-electric and able to maintain temp of 33.5 °C for a period of 72 hoursInterview with representative

Vetted Performance Status

Neonatologist Niranjan Thomas first began experimenting with and testing gel packs as a cooling treatment nearly a decade ago (relative to Spring 2016) at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. The MiraCradle team also beta-tested the product with hospitals in India. A randomised controlled trial was performed in India, finding that MiraCradle's therapeutic induced hypothermia reduces brain injury rates at the NICU.  

Safety

Safety instructions are listed in the user manual , such as reviewing the manual and warning/caution labels carefully before use, avoidance of use of damaged contents and contact for replacement, and storage of parts as per instructions. Additionally, ensure that sufficient training is required and that parts are sanitized before use.

Complementary Technical Systems

A domestic refrigerator is required for freezing the PCM; the temperature of NICU should be maintained above 25°C. Also requires equipment for monitoring the vital parameters of the newborn during treatment (ex. rectal probe)

Academic Research and References

Catherine, C., Bhat V., Adhisivam, B., Palanivel, C., 2021, Effect of Therapeutic Hypothermia on the Outcome in Term Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy—A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 67(1).

Aker, K., Støen, R., Thomas, N., 2020, Therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy in India (THIN study): a randomised controlled trial, Archives of disease in childhood, 105(4), pp. 405–411.

Prashantha Y.N., Suman Rao P.N., Shashidhar A., 2019, Therapeutic hypothermia for moderate and severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy in newborns using low-cost devices – ice packs and phase changing material, Paediatrics and International Child Health, 39(4), pp. 234-239.

Thomas N., Abiramalatha T.,  Prashantha YN., Nimbalkar S., 2018, Phase Changing Material for Therapeutic Hypothermia in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy – A Multi-centric Study, Indian Pediatrics, 55(3), pp. 201-205.

Thomas, N., Chakrapani, Y., Rebekah, G., Kareti, K., Devasahaym, S., 2015, Phase Changing Material: An Alternative Method for Cooling Babies with Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy, Neonatology, 107, pp. 266-270.

A list of highlighted publications are located on the company website.

Compliance with regulations

CE certification and ISO 13485

Other Information

The company obtained a partnership with Fanem Medical Devices in April, 2021, in order to expand its distribution capacity throughout India.

Comments from the Community

4 Comments

  1. David Fulford says:

    The Sistema Biobolsa BB40 is a bigger flexible plastic biogas system, mainly directed at famers with dairy cattle, who can use the gas to run engines for electricity generation. The company make a range of biogas plant sizes. The material of the flexible bags seems to be PVC plastic, which has a longer lifetime, but is more expensive than lower quality materials. As with all flexible plastic systems, it needs to be looked after to prevent the plastic being punctured. Patches can be glued over holes in a PVC material.

  2. E4C.COMMENTS says:

    Steve Harston says:

    Under the section “Distribution to date” it would be nice if there was a date associated with the comment. For example, the text currently says that the MiraCradle is in 88 hospitals but when was this information last updated?

  3. Rob Goodier says:

    I’d change the description a little to explain better about what it is. Here’s a re-write: The G110 is a three-wheeled farm truck that hauls goods and doubles as a power source for attachable tools. The truck provides power and transportation to small-holder farmers and agricultural businesses that would otherwise not be possible. Apart from transport, the G110 also power attachments such as water pumps, maize grinders, generators, threshers and planters, and it can pull a plow. In areas where people carry water jugs and sacks of produce on their heads between farms, homes and markets, the G110 provides hauling capacity that saves time and, ultimately, money.

  4. Trevor Nagaba says:

    Name changed from MAPS G110 to AgRover

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