The equipment was conceived last year as a freshman project and will be tested in Africa in the coming months
Rice University students have developed an automated IV drip system to help treat child dehydration
The students developed a prototype of a technically simple yet ingenuous IV drip system to help nurses treat dehydrated children in developing countries
In the most economically excluded regions of the world about 1.5 million children die of dehydration every year. When patients get to hospital for IV therapy, there may not be enough staff to monitor the drip, and the child may die from receiving the wrong amount of fluid, which is also potentially fatal in cases of over-hydration. In order to help health care workers in those places, engineering students at Rice University have developed a prototype of a technically simple yet ingenuous IV drip system that adds an element of automation to the process.
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