Development of an Oxygen-Conserving Mask for Pediatric Patients in Low-Resource Settings

D. Gasperino [1]
[1] Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, Bellevue, WA, USA

Worldwide, the leading cause of mortality in children is acute respiratory infection, primarily associated with pneumonia. One of the essential tools used to treat life-threatening hypoxemia due to pneumonia is the appropriate use of supplemental oxygen. While oxygen therapy is essential for many aspects of case management in hospitals and large clinics, many such health facilities have no access to oxygen supplies, or are unable to maintain adequate supplies to meet requirements. The result is often avoidable death. To address this challenge, engineers at Global Good have developed oxygen conserving masks for pediatric patients that can significantly reduce the strain on oxygen supply logistics for low resource hospitals and clinics.