Yah! It’s another busy week where we have been visiting different hospitals in Dar es Salaam to find different needs relating to the problems they are facing. We started by visiting Muhimbili National Hospital and the next day we went to CCBRT under the supervision of Madam Julia.
AT MUHIMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL
We started at the Pediatric Department where we first walked around the Department to find out the problems it is facing. Then we went to the Pediatric ICU under the supervision of the Doctor in charge. The Doctor explained to us about the ICU, components used in the ICU and the challenges they face.
Among the problems the doctor explained are:
-Suction machine: the current machine is very big and manual. So we thought of creating a machine which is more portable and movable while transporting a patient. We thought of a machine which uses its own power, not only electric power from the wall.
-Gelatine ultrasound training model: Currently they are using this gelatine material but it is expensive, can only be used 256 times and only lasts for 3 weeks. So we thought of coming up with measures to help this material last longer so as to reduce the cost of buying it frequently.
-Automatic chest compressor: Currently doctors and nurses use their hands to compress the chest of a patient who is in a bad state. These make them more tired and it’s not effective so we thought of coming up with a system which will compress the chest automatically.
-We were also asked to create a table screen which will help to reduce infection transmission when a doctor communicates with a patient.
AT CCBRT HOSPITAL
At CCBRT, we started with the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department which deals with replacing and stabilizing parts of the human body. We talked to a doctor who explained to us about the department and the challenges they are facing. Some of the problems are mentioned below:
-Some machines which are helpful in printing these parts are not functioning. So we were asked to repair the parts.
-The 3D printers they are currently using are not large enough to print a large part of the body so they require wide 3D printed machines.
-We also came up with the idea that, after they are done with using POP it should not be thrown away, but should be converted into powder and reused.
3D printing room at CCBRT