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Validation and Introduction of a Low-Cost Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Kit and Oxygen Blender for Neonates

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the standard of care for treatment of neonatal respiratory distress, but the availability of CPAP devices is limited by cost and facility infrastructure such as electricity and pressurized air. The bubble CPAP (bCPAP) kit and oxygen blender address the lack of electricity and pressurized air, common in rural health clinics, and have been demonstrated to provide a stable supply of blended gas. Our proposed work will further address this gap by collaborating with local distributors of hospital supplies to sell inexpensive, preassembled kits to hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies.

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