Otter Warming Bassinet Will Reduce Mortality for Hypothermic Newborns in Southeast Asia
Contact: Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director
LOS ALTOS, Calif.—Chao Foundation and Transparent Fish Fund are pleased to announce a new grant of $50,125 to Design that Matters to help develop an innovative newborn conductive warmer. Designed for use in rural areas, this infant warmer will reduce unnecessary newborn mortality due to complications from prematurity, hypothermia, and low birth weight in low resource settings. The grant will support the development, testing, and marketability of a refined prototype in Vietnam.
Need for Newborn Warming
Otter Warming Bassinet
Initial market research shows that Otter is a first-in-market device with these distinctions and benefits:
- Supplies steady warming at body temperature: reduces risk of hypothermia
- Washable: reduces the incidence of hospital-acquired infection
- Small and portable: can accompany newborns from the delivery room to the NICU
- Compatible with phototherapy: can be used in conjunction with jaundice treatment
- Simple user interface: minimal training is needed to use Otter correctly
- Durable: easy to maintain and repair, with no single-use components
The grant will help advance the Otter to stage 2 of the product development process, which is manufacturability. The Otter Warming Bassinet is projected to benefit 500,000 hypothermic and low birth weight newborns in Southeast Asia by 2020.