Otter Newborn Warmer
Design That Matters (DtM)
The Otter Newborn Warmer is a warming bassinet for premature or low birth weight newborns.
Otter is a durable, washable warming bassinet for premature and low birthweight (LBW) newborns. As a single-newborn warming mattress that supplies steady warming at body temperature, Otter can eliminate the risk of hypothermia and reduce incidences of hospital-acquired infection.
Currently in prototype phase, Design That Matters has developed four iterations of Otter and conducted user interviews and design reviews with neonatology and global health experts. Otter design development is still in progress as of early 2019 and planned to be completed by early 2020.
This product is a prototype as of September 2017 and consequently distributors have not yet been secured. DtM plans to work with global health partners around the world to distribute the warmer units.
Because this product is still in development, a price range is unknown.Interview with representative Target price point is $350 per unit.ASME ISHOW 2016
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The designers have not yet selected their IP strategy.
The end user will be able to procure an Otter Newborn Warmer from DtM’s various future global health partners, which are yet to be announced.
In conjunction with global health partners, DtM cited plans to distribute 1,000 warmer units and to treat over 500,000 newborns in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in 2019.
The Otter uses a standard AC power supply, which will be specified for 100-240 V and 43-67 Hz. The housing will be sealed from dust, and Otter will contain no moving parts. The bassinet will be made from high-strength polycarbonate. The Otter will maintain a conductive warming surface temperature of 36° C, and DtM is currently exploring the possibility of a user-adjustable surface temperature within +/- 2° C of 36° C. Otter does not require a newborn skin temperature probe for safe and effective operation.
Unknown. However the product can be disinfected and reused multiple times.
The designers aim to establish Otter as the “reference design” for newborn warming in low-resource settings.
It has been determined that MTTS has the ability to manufacture the Otter.
An infant warming device can be life-saving but, if unreliable, could be life-threatening to neonates with little temperature control. Also, the Otter must be cleaned with alcohol wipes between each use.
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Design that Matters states that the device will comply with existing international standards for conductive newborn warming devices to facilitate adoption.
In the early stages of design, the team conducted user interviews and reviews with neonatology and global health experts in Boston, Haiti, Vietnam and Sierre Leone.
Development is expected to be completed by early 2020.
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