IV DRIP: Intravenous Dehydration Relief in Pediatrics


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Membership level
2013-2014 Team
Team Name
Project Title
IV DRIP: Intravenous Dehydration Relief in Pediatrics
Design Challenge
1.5 million children die annually due to dehydration in developing countries, constituting 8% of deaths. Many of these deaths could be prevented if these children were given intravenous saline; however, clinicians hesitate to give IV therapy due to a lack of a volume regulator.
Design Summary
IV DRIP (Intravenous Dehydration Relief in Pediatrics) has developed a mechanical volume regulator for intravenous therapy in the developing world. Children in developing countries who are treated for dehydration with IV therapy are at a constant risk of overhydration, which leads to thousands of deaths annually, because clinics are chronically understaffed and cannot afford volume regulators.
Our device is a low-cost ($80), mechanical, durable, autonomous, and easy-to-use volume regulator that employs a lever arm with a movable counterweight (similar to a physician’s scale) to incrementally dispense IV fluid. The system utilizes a change in torque as an IV bag drains to activate a spring which then clamps the IV tubing. Testing demonstrates that the device dispenses fluid within 25 mL of the desired volume (p<0.0000001) in increments of 50 mL. The device underwent field evaluation in Malawi and Lesotho in Summer 2012, and the team has been awarded over $40,000 in grants and $13,000 in competition prize winnings.
Rice 360: Institute for Global Health Technologies
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
  • Global Health Technologies
  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Maria Oden
Faculty Advisor 1 - Department
  • BIOE
  • RICE 360
Faculty Advisor 2 - Name
Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Faculty Advisor 2 - Department
  • BIOE
  • RICE 360

Team Members

Award(s) and Recognition
NIH Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge (2013): First Prize, Category: Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Poster Competition: Best Engineering Design Project by Underclassmen

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