Neopenda Vital Signs Monitor for Newborns
Teresa Cauvel and Sona Shah
Neopenda is an infant hat with sensors to monitor vitals.
A simple, low-cost, low-power, sensor integrated into a baby hat that measures newborns’ key vital signs. Continuous monitoring improves speed of action in life-threatening situations for neonates and ensures that when they are in distress, they have the best chance to receive the care they need to survive and thrive. The device is a prototype that is still in early testing stages. Interview with representative
The reusable devices will be available in customizable package sizes to accommodate the needs of diverse facilities, with a per unit list price of the wearables at $75 USD. Interview with representative
Goal 3:Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Nurses working in neonatal intensive care units.
The devices are currently manufactured in-house and with local partners by Neopenda. Interview with representative
The product is patent pending. Interview with representative
Ultimately the product may be purchased and distributed through wholesale distributors of medical equipment; in Uganda, the primary distributors are National Medical Stores for public hospitals and Joint Medical Store for private hospitals. We are also pursuing implementation with multi-national NGO partners. Interview with representative
This is a prototype and not available on the market as yet.
The type and frequency of preventative maintenance needed is unknown. Neopenda is working with in-country engineers while refining the prototype to ensure that repairs can be performed on-site. Interview with representative
The anticipated lifetime is 2 years.
The Neopenda vital signs monitor gives voice to newborns in medical distress and enables responsive medical care in low-resource hospitals. The prototype is rapidly being refined and tested. Technical data is anticipated to be available in the coming months.
Neopenda is rolling out a pilot in Kampala, Uganda, in 2017 to assess the accuracy of the technology, and preparing for feasibility studies in up to six other facilities in four countries. Interview with representative
LEDs, audio alarm w/dB level, etc.
temperature, oxygen saturation, HR, etc.
The Neopenda device is enclosed in a case made of FDA compliant medical grade polymer, and uses 100% BPA-free, PCV-free, and phthalate-free materials. It has passed preliminary safety testing for compliance with specified standards of IEC 60601-1 Edition 3.1 (pertaining to medical electrical equipment safety), ISO 80601-2-56 (pertaining to clinical thermometers), and ISO 80601-2-61 (pertaining to pulse oximeter equipment) by a third party in February 2017. Interview with representative
Study results are expected to be published in the near future. Interview with representative
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