Life Saving Devices

Design Principles

Life Saving Devices

We have developed a data-driven practical approach to the identification, research and development of critical decision making tools for the major causes of childhood deaths.

Design principles

The basic design specification for each medical device is:

  • Safe and effective. Where possible devices will meet international regulatory standards for medical devices. The fetal heart rate monitor meets European regulatory standards already with the CE mark.
  • Capable of functioning independently of mains electricity and replaceable batteries, and capable of being powered by a range of options including human-powered hand crank, solar panel, car battery and generic mains adaptors. The device is capable of accepting the widely fluctuating AC parameters often experienced in Africa.
  • Robust, “ruggedized” and maintenance-free where possible.
  • Capable of operating without the need for proprietary replacement consumables wherever possible.
  • Simple in operation.
  • Affordable. The target price for devices in developing world markets is $200 or less per device, without compromising on quality.
  • Provided with specially written self-help distance learning materials for use by health staff.
  • Have a minimum lifespan of 3–5 years with intensive daily use.
  • Environmentally non-toxic and capable of safe and easy disposal.