The Philips CHARM (children's automatic respiratory monitor) was specifically designed to detect pneumonia in low resource areas. The lightweight measuring device sits on a child's or infant's chest, secured by a strap and measures respiration rate (fast breathing) through an ingenious algorithim.
Philips has developed this affordable respiration monitor that automatically and accurately measures the breath rate of a child under the age of 5. Because pneumonia is the leading killer of children, offering a way for community health workers to accurately diagnose pnuemonia is essential.
The device is power independent and robust so
it withstands and can operate in harsh conditions .It's clinical decision support functionality provides instant feedback, to support the care provider in determining a correct diagnosis, clearly indicating the risk of fast-breathing rate of the child, based on the WHO IMCI guidelines.
We are taking pre-orders for the CHARM now, though delivery time is still not clear.