"Commercial fluid warmers are either cost prohibitive in many contexts or not available for purchase" (Field Ready Fluid Warmer Open Challenge, Hackaday Prize 2020).
An IV fluid warmer solution that incorporates all industry standard safety features and solves the difficult cost and sourcing challenges encountered when constructing this device anywhere in the world.
- A safe, low-cost IV fluid warming solution that is accessible worldwide.
- A reduction in the cost of commercially available fluid warming solutions either by market pressure from a lower cost option or by adoption of the OpenFluidWarmer approach.
- A proven product development path for open-source electromechanical medical devices.
Hackaday Prize 2020 Judging Criteria
i. Concept. The OpenFluidWarmer has the potential to become one of the world's first open source life-critical medical devices. Achieving this status requires an innovative new take on IV fluid warmer design. It must incorporate all industry standard safety features and solve the difficult cost and sourcing challenges involved with constructing this device anywhere in the world.
ii. Design. From product requirements to FMEA and competitive analysis, all design documents are shared in the "Files" section of this project. In addition, significant design efforts and milestones are documented in the "Project Logs". The design will undergo rigorous verification before being released to the public. A user manual will provide instruction on operating procedure, safety hazards, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
iii. Production. Reproducibility is at the core of the OpenFluidWarmer design. Through common off-the-shelf components, widely accessible fabrication techniques, and a flexible design that can accept multiple alternative components, the OpenFluidWarmer will solve the cost and sourcing challenges encountered when constructing this device anywhere in the world. An assembly manual will guide users step-by-step through the assembly process.
iv. Benchmark. A competitive analysis was performed to understand how the OpenFluidWarmer compares to commercially available IV fluid warmers (see "OpenFluidWarmer_competitive_analysis" in the "Files" section of this project). The most significant findings from the competitive analysis are discussed in this "Competitive Analysis" project log. The price and quantity of each item used in the device is detailed in the "OpenFluidWarmer_BOM" document in the "Files" section of this project.
v. Communication. All significant project efforts have been documented on the OpenFluidWarmer Hackaday.io project page so others can quickly become familiar with the current design and the processes used to develop it.
- Initial system architecture and cost study, complete
- Initial mechanical design, complete
- Heat transfer proof-of-concept prototype, complete
- Code development, complete
- Proof-of-concept prototype testing, complete
- Redesign of heat transfer approach, in progress
- Add software faults, in progress
- Optimize wiring layout, not started
- Field prototype, not started
- Field prototype testing, not started