Updated Mar 06, 2020

Development of a low cost Electronically Controlled Gravity-Feed (ECGF) Infusion Set

Philippa Makobore

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An appropriate and affordable infusion controller that monitors and regulates intravenous fluids or medication during therapy in patients safely.

Improving safety of infusion is a neglected component of child health in humanitarian contexts. Data from the FEAST trial estimates that over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals are in shock and require immediate infusion therapy. Approximately 11-12% of these children die, often within hours of admission. Existing infusion sets on the Ugandan market are imported and cost betw...
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Improving safety of infusion is a neglected component of child health in humanitarian contexts. Data from the FEAST trial estimates that over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals are in shock and require immediate infusion therapy. Approximately 11-12% of these children die, often within hours of admission. Existing infusion sets on the Ugandan market are imported and cost between 2500-6000 USD, making them incredibly expensive to procure and maintain. Equipment acquired through donor assistance is inappropriate for use in low resource settings because of an oversight on important parameters such as calibration, voltage and frequency ratings, availability of mains power supply, ease of accessing spare parts and the lack of appropriate training at both the user and hospital technician levels. With a nurse to patient ratio of 1:11,000, manual operation also proves problematic requiring a well-trained clinician to infer the rate of flow. The Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion set features dynamic flow control and has been designed for safety, accuracy, ease of use and maintenance at 3% the cost of an imported device with similar functionality. It is an add-on device and is applicable for use with all existing drip sets. A hybrid (mains and solar) battery charging bed caters for rural off-grid settings. Furthermore, clinicians will be able to attend to other high priority healthcare needs, with the overall effect of improved patient care and safety.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The ECGF device has been clinically validated in 12 adult patients with an accuracy within +/-7, 24 older children ( 5- 8 years) and 136 children (2 months to 5 years) with accuracy levels within +/- and +/- respectively

Focus Areas:

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Medical Devices and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Infectious & Vector Diseases, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Medical Devices, Human Centered Design and HealthSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Uganda

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Country Implemented In
10
Employees
$318,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

Over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals are in shock and require immediate infusion therapy, 12% of these children die, often within hours of admission. Lack of appropriate infusion sets is a major contributor. Infusion sets on the East African market are quite expensive to maintain and procure costing between 2500-6000 USD and require device specific consumables such as giving sets. As such, hospitals use the manually controlled giving sets which are inaccurate and time consuming.

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Solution

The Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed (ECGF) Infusion set has been designed for safety, accuracy, ease of use and maintenance at 3% the cost of an imported device with similar functionality. The device is applicable for use with all existing consumables such as giving sets and syringes. It also features a dynamic flow control that saves on clinician time spent monitoring the therapy.

Target Beneficiaries

The device will be used to deliver IV fluids to patients with a requirement for IV fluids and IV drugs.
New Implemented CountriesRwanda

The Team Behind the Innovation

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2017
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$75,000
TITLEDevelopment of a low cost Electronically Controlled Gravity-Feed (ECGF) Infusion Set
FOCUS AREAS
Infectious & Vector Diseases
Implemented InUganda
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Uganda
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Uganda