In the sixth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) organized by AIF, out of the total of over 2500 applications, 10 nominees were selected, and from these, Philippa won the Second Prize.
The Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECFG) by Philippa, who bagged the Second Prize of US$ 25 000, is designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.
The ECGF has the potential to save lives by providing accuracy and safety at 8% the cost of a brand new infusion pump.
It is easy to operate and has key safety features, which include alarms for rate of infusion (rapid or slow), total volume (over or under) and faulty sensors. A battery utilizing a hybrid (AC mains and solar) charging bed powers the device. IV infusions are critical for both adults and children in various situations. Over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals need immediate infusion therapy. Findings from the FEAST trial indicates that over-infusion in children increased the absolute risk of death by 3.3 % at 48 hours. Erroneous delivery rates can result into serious adverse effects.
Proud of you Philippa!
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