First Breath: Mark Wu

Dyson Awards 2013: Runner up. Best Awards 2013: Silver.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly one million babies die each year due to birth difficulties. With propertraining and equipment, many newborn fatalities could be avoided. Neonatal resuscitation is commenced to assist newborns with breathing difficultes, however due to lack of training, expensive equipment and under staffing, hospitals and communities in developing countries struggle to perform effective resuscitation. In addition, home birth scenarios require midwives to be fully prepared with standard resuscitation equipment. The existing resuscitators are often ineffective, expensive and difficult to use. There is a pressing global need for a low-cost, highly portable resuscitation device.

There are four key innovations addressing the functionality of the resuscitator. First, the issue with sustaining baby’s neutral position is solved by intergrating packaging design into the procedure as a shoulder support. The packaging also includes simple instructions and warnings to guide the rescuer through out the resuscitation. The second innovation lies in the mask design. A pacifier-like mask rolls over the newborn’s mouth and nose as the user applies minimal pressure, creating an airtight seal. A valve releases excessive pressure and volume during inflation. It also acts as an air inlet valve for reinflating the device. The 5-second initial breaths are achieved by controlling the air flow rate with the one-way valve.

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