Embrace Warmer: A Low Cost Incubator Designed for Village Clinics

Embrace Warmer: A Low Cost Incubator Designed for Village Clinics

When infants are­­ born prematurely, they lack the body fat necessary to regulate their own temperature. So room temperature can feel freezing cold. The Embrace infant warmers are intended to help the 15 million preterm and underweight babies born every year around the world, who aren’t able to regulate their own body temperature.

It looks like a little sleeping bag, and It contains an insert made of a waxlike substance that can maintain a temperature of 98.6 degrees (the ideal body temperature) for eight hours. It’s simple to use, and doesn’t require electricity. Once melted, it maintains a constant temperature of up to 98 degrees Fahrenheit for up to eight hours without the need for electricity.

The device wasn’t designed for a big hospital setting, but rather, for village clinics that have problems with access to electricity. It was also designed to complement Kangaroo Mother Care, or the practice of skin-to-skin care for temperature regulation. Embrace is a very safe and easy way to stabilize a baby’s body temperature and is also reusable, making the cost per baby as low as $25.

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