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One invention that is being used in every country is an infant insulator or infant incubator. The invention was chosen due to the impact it had on lives of many.

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An invention is a useful machine, tool or instrument that has been invented.1 An invention may be invented due to a particular need or problem in the community. One invention that is being used in every country is an infant insulator or infant incubator. The invention was chosen due to the impact it had on lives of many. In the late 19th century, some 15-20% of all infants in American cities never lived to see their first birthday.2 The incubator's invention was associated with the French obstetrician Ste�phane Tarnier, who in the 1870s sought to find a means to warm the numerous premature infants who routinely succumbed to hypothermia on the wards of Paris's Maternite� hospital.2 In Nice, France, Alexandre Lion, developed in the 1890s a much more sophisticated incubator that that of Tarnier's. ...read more.


In 2000, 12.6% of households were paid below S$1000 monthly.5 There will inevitably be premature births in these households as well. They, however, will not be able to afford the price of the incubators. Thus, I propose to use a cheaper, yet, equally effective adaptation of an incubator to benefit the less fortunate of our community. The incubator would have to be inexpensive and probably reusable. The thermoregulator contains a pouch for "phase-change material" that maintains the baby's temperature for up to four hours. That pouch can then be recharged by submerging it in boiling water for a few minutes. This incubator is small and light, making it easy and inexpensive to transport. ...read more.


This will provide them with an option as to whether they are willing to use the thermoregulator. The pediatric department of hospitals in Singapore such as National University Hospital and the Singapore General Hospital can be surveyed as to whether they are willing to offer the option to lower income parents. However, parents may not feel safe using the adaptation of the incubator. Thus, we can suggest hospitals to test the thermoregulator and assure parents that it is indeed safe. 1 Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Dictionary 2 Historical Perspective: The Incubator and the Medical Discovery of the Premature Infant www.neonatology.orgpdf7200377a.pdf 3 Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html 4 Venture Capital Dispatch http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2009/08/28/where-25-premature-baby-incubators-are-conceptualized/ 5Singapore Poverty Inquiry by Shweta Pangam: http://13pangsh.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/singapore-poverty-inquiry.pdf 6 Venture Capital Dispatch http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2009/08/28/where-25-premature-baby-incubators-are-conceptualized/ 7 Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5624540/the-embrace-infant-warmer-acts-as-a-cheap-incubator-for-developing-countries ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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