OPOD System

Some infants and children have chronic lung conditions that require supplemental oxygen delivery at night to keep their blood oxygen levels within normal ranges. The supplemental oxygen is not for life support, but it is crucial to maintain normal growth and to prevent pulmonary hypertension, which is a common complication of chronic hypoxemia. The challenge is that most of these children do not comply well with having a nasal cannula taped to their face, so they make administering oxygen very difficult. We are developing a fully non-contacting method of delivering supplemental overnight oxygen to children eliminating the need for nasal cannulas and face masks.

The main features of this product include:

  • Hood structure to help contain the supplemental oxygen
  • Positional sensor system
  • Oxygen delivery system

Current Activities Include:

  • Finalizing product design and performance parameters
  • Preparing for Design Verification activities
  • Developing marketing plan

Project History:

  • September 2008, Senior Design Project initiated with University of St. Thomas School of Engineering
  • Winter 2009, Industrial Design Project initiated with University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • Spring 2009, Regulatory Strategy developed with St. Cloud State University
  • Prototype demonstration at annual chILD Foundation conference, summer 2009
  • Fall 2009, OPOD chosen as a New Technology Showcase Winner from LifeScience Alley
  • Spring 2010, Senior Design Project initiated with University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering

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