MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A team of University of Michigan students built an online compendium of innovative medical devices "designed for use and/or implemented within resource-limited settings."
The database, intended for health care providers in developing countries, already contains more than 100 devices, including a pedal-powered nebulizer, wax-filled sleeping bags for warming infants and a salad-spinner centrifuge for blood samples.
"I’m from a part of the world that isn’t very developed" doctoral student Amir Sabet, who was born in Iran and spent time in Turkey, said in a press release. "When I came to the U.S., the promise I made to myself was to give back to places like where I came from, where not many people tend focus with their education and knowledge."
The project was the brainchild of assistant professor Kathleen Sienko’s Design for Global Health engineering course.
Future U.M. students will contribute to the database, but the wiki format allows anyone to contribute, edit and advance the project.
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