Monday, March 22, 2010

MIT Student Invention Deployed in Haiti to Save Lives | Popular Science

MIT Student Invention Deployed in Haiti to Save Lives

PhD candidate Danielle Zurovcik has designed a $3 pump to drastically speed up the healing of countless patients in the aftermath of Haiti's recent earthquake.

Negative-Pressure Pump: viaTechnology Review
The device simplifies and lightens a common piece of medical equipment called a negative-pressure pump. Used to accelerate wound healing and reduce the frequency that bandages need to be changed, even the most portable of these pumps costs $100 a day to rent, and weighs 10 pounds with batteries. The pump Zurovcik invented costs $3 total, weighs less than half a pound, uses only 14 microwatts of power, and can be charged with a hand pump.


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