A Handy Preterm Infant Incubator For Providing Intensive Care: Simulation, 3D Printed Prototype and Evaluation

Abstract : Preterm infants encounter an abrupt delivery before their complete maturity, during the third trimester of pregnancy. Polls anticipate an increase in the rates of preterm infants for 2025, especially in middle and low income countries. Despite the abundance of intensive care methods for preterm infants, such as but not limited to commercial, transport, embrace warmer, radiant warmer and Kangaroo Mother Care methods, they are either expensive, lack the most essential requirements or specifications, or lack the maternal-preterm bond. This drove us to carry this original research and innovative idea of developing a new 3D printed prototype of a Handy preterm infant incubator. We aim to provide the most indispensable intensive care with the lowest cost. Through bestowing the low income countries with the Handy incubator's care to preserve the maternal-preterm's bond, and diminish the rate of mortality. Warmth, power supply and biomedical features were provided. Bio-compatible and isolating materials were utilized. Simulation results showed the best fit for the Handy incubator's components. Real and experimental results showed the 3D printed prototype, and the time elapsed to obtain it. Evaluation results revealed that the overall performance of the explored specifications of Kangaroo Mother Care was 75%, and the embrace warmer was 66.7±1.5%. However, our Handy incubator surpassed all the intensive care methods, with an overall performance of 91.7±1.6%. Thereby supporting its advantage and cost-effectiveness as compared to the existing intensive care methods. The future step is associating the Handy incubator more specifications and advancements.
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Amira Zaylaa, Mohamad Rashid, Mounir Shaib, Imad El Mazjoub. A Handy Preterm Infant Incubator For Providing Intensive Care: Simulation, 3D Printed Prototype and Evaluation. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, Hindawi, 2018, 2018, Article ID 8937985, 14 p. ⟨10.1155/2018/8937985⟩. ⟨inserm-01956090⟩

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