3D-Printed Instrument Measures Oxygen Levels in Infants
The Pelican is a device designed to help diagnose pneumonia in newborn babies
Massachusetts-based non-profit design company Design that Matters has been using 3D printing technology to create prototypes of a diagnostic tool designed to measure the oxygen levels in infants and help diagnose pneumonia in babies.
The instrument is called the Pelican pocket pulse oximeter, which is an affordable and durable tool that is used to help diagnose newborn babies with pneumonia in developing countries.
Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. The condition is treatable and preventable, and isn’t something people worry about in countries like the US, but health care providers in developing countries lack access to tools that can help them diagnose pneumonia in babies and help them get better.