3. Siemens Stiftung 2015. Embrace Nest - Infant Warmer The Thermpod is a device to provide warming for low birth weight babies in danger of suffering from hypothermia. Instead of 'normal' incubators, the device is like a 'jacket', which still allows body-contact between mother and child as well as the possibility to breast-feed. It needs some sort of reliable power supply, either by normal electric supply or generator, but much less than an incubator. Once charged with electricity for 25 minutes and, thanks to an innovative, warmth-keeping material similar to a sleeping bag in which the child and the warming pad is kept, a constant and clinically ideal temperature can be maintained without a steady power-supply for up to 6 hours. This can then be replaced by a second warming pad, which serves for a further 6 hours. There is the idea of further developing a device to be warmed in boiled water, which then could be heated by fire, for example (without any reliable power supply), but this is still in its piloting phase.
4. Siemens Stiftung 2015. Thanks to its light weight and small dimensions, the Thermpod, in contrast to traditional incubators, - can also be deployed with mobility, allowing the mother to move quite freely, e.g. carrying the baby whilst working or performing other critical family tasks. The sleeping bag is made from durable, hypo-allergenic, biocompatible material, which can be sterilized and easily repaired in resource-poor and remote areas. A price of 150 USD per unit, which can be used up to an estimated 50 times, seems rather reasonable and affordable for health facilities, bearing in mind the devices potential for saving childrens lives. There does not seem to be much potential for job creation as there is doubt whether the device can be produced locally, however this is not definitely clear.
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