An Accurate, Rugged and Low-Power Syringe Pump for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Resource Limited Settings

William Marsh Rice University
Organization Location: 
Houston, Texas, USA

There is international consensus that syringe pumps are an essential medical device to support care of mothers and newborns at district hospitals. Yet, they are often unavailable in low-resource settings because of high cost, technical complexity, and lack of brand name consumables. The project’s idea is to scale AutoSyp, a low cost, low power, syringe pump in maternity and neonatal wards of hospitals in Malawi. Designed to work with all brands of syringes, AutoSyP costs 10 times less than other alternatives. Clinical evaluation of AutoSyP demonstrated it meets international accuracy standards. The team will optimize AutoSyP; evaluate its performance in neonatal and maternity wards at nine hospitals in Malawi; and develop a sustainability plan to support wide scale implementation of syringe pumps at district hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa.  It is estimated that AutoSyP could improve care for 3,000,000 women with pre-eclampsia and 15,000,000 neonates globally. There is a hidden crisis of poor outcomes for neonates and pregnant women in need of life-saving IV fluid therapy. AutoSyP was designed to meet the needs of low-resource settings and to meet international regulatory standards. This proposal will transition AutoSyp from a promising prototype to a proven medical device to meet this need.

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