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A low cost, re-usable electricity-free infant warmer

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

A publication demonstrating the effectiveness of the infant warmer in Rwanda was accepted for publication in the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. This research assess the safety, effectiveness, and feasibility of an inexpensive, reusable, non-electric warmer to complement kangaroo mother care (KMC) using a prospective single-arm, non-randomized intervention study. Enrolled infants were hypothermic or at risk of hypothermia due to prematurity/LBW. Infants used the warmer in conjunction with KMC or as the sole source of external heat. Temperatures of the infant, warmer and air were measured for up to 6 h. Overall, 33 patients used the warmer for 102 encounters: 43 hypothermic and 59 at risk of hypothermia. For the 43 hypothermic encounters and 59 at-risk encounters, hypothermia was corrected/prevented in respectively 41 (95%) and 59 (100%) instances. The published paper can be found here and will be posted soon to Publications.

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