There are currently 224 nations of the world who are listed in the infant mortality rate posted by the CIA World Fact Book. Only 71 of which are under the 10 infant deaths per 1000 live births and Angola who is number 224 experiences 180.21 deaths per every 1000 live births. The need for neonatal transport is an issue faced by the entire world. For developed countries (such as the U.S.), this problem is solved by purchasing high tech transport incubators that are expensive to produce and purchase.
The neonatal transport backpack was developed to provide safe transport for fragile newborns in environments where conventional means of transport (an ambulance and gurney) are not possible. The backpack contains all the important features of 1st world incubators, including a heating and ventilation system, while remaining affordable. The key distinguishing feature is its portability- it can be easily carried on the back of a 1st responder through difficult terrain in the worst conditions. Once the 1st responder reaches the ambulance or vehicle of choice, the incubator can be removed from the backpack and placed on a horizontal platform. The platform has a suspension system to limit vibrations on the neonate in bumpy driving conditions.
- Heating and ventilation system run by micro-controller.
- Visual user-interface in the form of a hand-controller that allows the operator to view the neonate's body temperature, heart rate and other vitals, as well as the ambient air temperature inside the incubator. In addition, the controller allows the operator to make temperature adjustments.
-Light-weight and portable- can be worn on back.
-Double-Pane walls provide secure and controlled environment for neonate.
-U.S. first responders for natural disasters, such as fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.
-Developing countries with crowded environments not suited for an ambulance and other conventional means of neonatal transport.
-FEMA, Red-Cross and other disaster-relief organizations.
-Less than $10,000