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Submitted by sshawn on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 17:35

Neonatal mortality is a significant burden in resource-limited settings, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. At a tertiary referral hospital in Malawi, 24% of all neonates admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit die. At more rural hospitals in the region, this rate is even higher. Neonates weighing less than 1000g at birth had the highest mortality rate at 88% and those that died commonly lost up to 40% of their birthweight due to severe dehydration from a lack of intravenous fluids. Intravenous fluid pumps are used to provide fluids to these neonates, but current solutions either have prohibitive costs or are inappropriate for use in neonates. A solution to prevent dehydration of neonates in resource-limited settings could substantially improve neonatal mortality in the regions with the greatest burden.

Student team
Jenny Cho
Jessica Craig
Joseph Lawler
Basyir Ghani
Nini Hong
Mentoring team
Gregory Valentine, MD (UW Medical Center, Neonatology)
Soyoung Kang, PhD (Mechanical Engineering)
Continuing project