||Hypothermia, and complications caused by hypothermia, such as feeding and breathing problems, are thought to underlie almost 4 million newborn deaths each year. Premature and low birthweight babies, in particular, are extremely susceptible to developing, and dying from, low body temperature. The vast majority of these deaths occur in resource-limited settings, where access to “high tech” incubators or “low tech” “kangaroo mother care” programs, is not feasible. What is needed, to “bend the curve” on hypothermia-related neonatal mortality, are innovative, feasible, affordable, safe, effective, and culturally-acceptable “middle tech” solutions to bridge the current gap in thermoregulatory support solutions for vulnerable babies. Our multidisciplinary, international investigative team will perform feasibility, acceptability, and usability testing, in Kenya, of a built prototype of an innovative biomedical thermoregulatory support device called “NeoWarm.” it is feasible to develop an effective and affordable biomedical device which is safe and acceptable in a variety of global settings, among multiple stakeholders and end-users, and will serve as a “middle-tech” solution to bridge the current gap between poorly scaled “low-tech” kangaroo mother care (KMC, or skin-to-skin care) and “high-tech,” often inaccessible, incubator care. The NeoWarm biomedical device is NOT designed to “replace” either KMC (low-cost solution recommended by the World Health Organization) or incubator care (the “gold standard” for nursing support of sick preterm infants), but rather, to augment both solutions, while simultaneously serving as an effective, feasible, acceptable, low-cost addition to the toolkit by which caregivers and health workers can effectively prevent and manage newborn hypothermia in resource-limited settings. This pilot project will lay the groundwork for expanded collaboration on an innovative and life-saving initiative among North American and Kenyan investigators.
||Patent — Infant thermoregulation and monitoring support system
2016: Watts, T., Siddiki, F., Savita, A. and Bucher, S The NeoWarm Biomedical Device: Assessment of Feasibility and Cultural Acceptability, Identification of Potential Barriers and Challenges, and Stakeholder Mapping, Poster presentation, IUPUI Research Day, Indianapolis, IN, April 8, 2016.
2016: Moore, D., Combs, W., and Bucher, Sţ NeoWarm: Engineering Verification for a Built-Prototype of a Biomedical Device to Prevent Newborn Hypothermia, Poster presentation, IUPUI Research Day, Indianapolis, IN, April 8, 2016
Bucher, S., Combs, W., and Muyodi, D., NeoWarm: Feasibility and Acceptability Testing in Kenya of an Innovative Biomedical Device to Prevent Newborn Hypothermia, Poster Presentation, Indiana CTSI Annual Research Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, September 23, 2016. Juried competition: This poster was one of 12 (out of around 100) selected to be featured at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit (see below).
Bucher, S., Combs, W., and Muyodi, D., NeoWarm: Feasibility and Acceptability Testing in Kenya of an Innovative Biomedical Device to Prevent Newborn Hypothermia, Poster Presentation, BioCrossroads Indiana Life Sciences Summit, Indianapolis, IN, October 4, 2016. Juried competition: Selected to receive the BioCrossroads Inaugural Prize for Scientific Presentation
Bartlett, M, Brown, J., Bruer, J., Meyers, E., Purkayastha, S., Combs, W., ț Bucher,S. Landscape Analysis and Evaluation of Utility for Wearable and Wireless Sensors to Monitor Infant Vital Signs in a Wearable Biomedical Device, Poster Presentation, IUPUI Student Research Day 2018, IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, Indianapolis, IN, April 6, 2018 Juried competition (Session 2)
Bucher, S., Combs, W., Muyodi, D. NeoWarm: Feasibility and Acceptability Testing in Kenya of an Innovative Biomedical Device to Prevent Newborn Hypothermia, March 29 – 30, 2018 (Poster presentation) Purdue University, Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships, I2D Lab Exposition 2018
Bucher, S., Purkayastha, S., Combs W, Esamai, F (2019) NeoInnovate: Integration of mHealth and wearable biomedical device technologies to reduce neonatal morbidity and mortality, 29th International Congress of Pediatrics of the International Pediatrics Association, Panama City, Panama, March 17 -21, 2019.
Bucher, S. NeoWarm: Biomedical device innovation to reduce mortality and morbidity among newborns (November 8, 2019), IUPUI Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Lunch Symposium: Invited Seminar
Bucher, S. NeoWarm: Biomedical Innovation to Save Newborns, (November 22, 2019) Indiana University Kelley School of Business: Invited Pitch (MBA students)