3rd Stone Design @2019

PUMANI BCPAP

A low-cost respiratory device for babies

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OUR ROLE

Industrial Design

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

DFM/DFX

Sourcing and Transfer to Manufacturer

Regulatory Clearance / CE Mark

Market Scale-up

Commercialization

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CLIENT

Rice University and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi

DESIGN CHALLENGE

Preterm birth complications including respiratory distress are the leading cause of death for children under 5 worldwide. Ideally, respiratory is provided to newborns using bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), however these machines can be too expensive and technically complex for low-resource settings.

 

The Pumani CPAP delivers a blended flow of oxygen and ambient air to infants in respiratory distress at the same therapeutic pressure as CPAP systems in the United States for 1/15th the cost. With over 1000 units in 35 countries, the Pumani CPAP has tripled the survival rate of babies with respiratory distress syndrome.