Our goal is to develop healthcare solutions that can be implemented in developing countries to reduce their dependence on donated medical equipment. We have focused on several devices: a monitor for premature babies, a bacterial sensor for infection diagnoses and water testing, and an infant automated breathing bag device to maintain breathing in newborns. Our designs minimize the use of consumables and provide better detection and/or treatment than currently available in-country. The baby monitor detects skin temperature and controls an electric warming blanket. The bacterial sensor quickly detects the bacteria in a sample without the need for lengthy culture times. The infant breathing device provides regular breathing support to newborns, relieving family from having to manually support breathing. All of our projects seek to answer critical medical needs in developing regions through reductions in costs, time, or both. Our group is partnering with local governments in Tanzania and Mexico to collaborate on our projects and work to accomplish the specific needs of these communities. These projects are partially supported by the Creative Inquiry program.
Hawks, Zachary; Herbst, Austin; Murdy, John; Rohde, Jacqueline; Showghi, Justin; Stafford, Sarah; and Veliz, Jacqueline, "Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World" (2015). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 94.