These sterile mylar infant warming blankets are used to keep an infant warm by reducing evaporative and connective heat loss. They are used by rescue teams in the U.S., by surgery teams to keep adults from becoming too cold during surgery and by the U.S. military and perhaps most visibly by marathon runners to keep their body heat in once they've stopped running. The technology was actually developed in the 1970s by NASA to deflect heat, but it was soon discovered that the paper thin material could also retain heat as well.
During the summer after my first year of medical school, I had the opportunity to visit one of Bangladesh's most sophisticated children's hospitals. I spoke with one of the pediatricians there and asked him why the hospital did not have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He replied, "It is too expensive to save the lives of sick newborns. Our hospital can't afford the fancy technology that you have in the US."
Our passion is in information design... that saves lives. This graphic depicts our vision for how Maternova will help or organize the field of innovation for maternal/newborn health