Infant Incubators May Be Delivered South by Cruisers

KIWANIS PROJECT BUILDS INCUBATORS TO BE DELIVERED SOUTH

May 23, 2018 -- Originally posted https://www.spinsheet.com/cruising/infant-incubators-may-be-delivered-south-cruisers

Essex, MD -- You don’t often hear the words “incubator” and “cruiser” in the same sentence, but this Kiwanis project based in Essex, MD, has been a boater volunteer effort and will continue to be with the help of cruising sailors who may deliver low-cost infant incubators south.

15 million, a 10th  of the world’s babies, are born prematurely each year. In South and Central America, poverty prevents medical professionals to have the highly developed incubators available in U.S. hospitals as they cost over $30,000. There are no spare parts or technicians for maintenance or repairs.

Essex is the home of a project sponsored by Kiwanis to provide simple, basic incubators for premature infants to help reduce the annual deaths of over 1 million. The approach is to build a basic unit of lightweight material to reduce delivery cost, a simple heating/circulation design, and volunteers to produce the incubators for under $400. While it lasts, a financial gift allows giving the incubators at no cost. Ten incubators are currently being produced and over 100 planned for South and Central America.

In addition to Kiwanis, help has been provided by the neonatal department at Franklin Square, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Martin Aviation Museum, and the Maryland Correctional Enterprises.

Points of Interest for SpinSheet Readers

1. Incubators are made of COOSA Nautica 15, which provides a mold resistant, non out-gassing material a third the weight of plywood. This reduces delivery cost particularly in allowing the incubator to be taken as airline baggage.

2. Two Marine Inspection Ports provide infant Access.

3. Ancillary equipment access is provided thru two fishing rod holders.

4. Deckleman’s Marine volunteered to build first unit.

5. Ralph Pfeifer at Deckleman has volunteered for seven years, assisting with design, fabrication of incubators, and design and building of fixtures. He recently built the fixture and is routing the openings in the Plexiglas for the access plates.

6. Deb and Baltimore Boating have provided deep discounts for the access plates, pole holders and stainless marine hardware. Deb also contributed to design of the pole holder installation.

7. “Smitty,” a fixture on Oak Ave and at Deckleman’s, using skills in sheet metal work, fabricated the internal heat deflector plates for all incubators.

8. The Kiwanis Key Club of Patterson High School in Bel Air made up the bead chains for safeguarding the access plates and installing insect screening in the air inlet and exit poets.

9. The Glenmar Sailing Association has provided several volunteers for construction and project objectives.

10. Fabrication and prime painting of all the COOSA material is done as a Community Project by the Maryland Correctional Enterprises in Jessup.

11. The Maryland Aviation Museum provides space for storage and painting in Hanger 5 at the Martin State Airport.

12. Four incubators are in operation in developing countries: two in Honduras, and one each in the Dominican Republic and Ethiopia.

13. Medical supplies, such as incubators, can be delivered by boaters headed south. Bahamas and Dominican Republic are easy. For more information contact Richard Allen, 410-852-0518, richard@bkif.org.


MCE & Kiwanis build incubators, hope for preemies

August 17, 2017 -- Originally posted  http://news.maryland.gov/dpscs/2017/08/17/mce-kiwanis-build-incubators-hope-for-preemies/

Richard Allen, Sandra Allen and Plant Manager John Dorsey reviewing work on an incubator prototype
Richard Allen, Sandra Allen and Plant Manager John Dorsey reviewing work on an incubator prototype

TOWSON, MD — Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) was given the opportunity to work on a project in conjunction with the Baltimore Kiwanis Incubator Foundation (BKIF). The MCE Furniture Plant at Jessup Correctional Institution was involved in the construction of ten neonatal incubators that the Foundation will complete and send for much-needed neonatal aid in South and Central America.

MCE was approached by Richard Allen, Chairman of the BKIF, to assist in this meaningful project. BKIF’s mission is to provide simple, basic incubators to hospitals in need for premature infants. The approach is to build a basic unit of lightweight material to reduce delivery cost while maintaining a simple heating/circulating design. Several volunteers and sponsors aid in the construction of the incubators enabling the Foundation to provide the incubators at no cost for the time being.

In addition to MCE, Kiwanis has worked with the Neonatal Department at Franklin Square, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Martin Aviation Museum to produce the incubators. Volunteers are always welcome for this project and can contact Richard Allen for more information at 410-852-0518 or richard@bkif.org.


Essex Produces Low-Cost Infant Incubators

April 15, 2017

Middle River, MD -- 5 Million, 1/10th of the world’s babies are born prematurely each year.* Even in South and Central America, poverty prevents them having the highly developed incubators available in our hospitals as they cost over $30,000. There are no spare parts or technicians for maintenance or repairs.

Essex is the home of a project sponsored by Kiwanis to provide simple, basic incubators for premature infants to help reduce the annual deaths of over 1 million. The approach is to build a basic unit of light weight material to reduce delivery cost, a simple heating/circulation design and volunteers to produce the incubators for under $400. While it lasts, a financial gift allows giving the incubators at no cost. 10 incubators are currently being produced and over 100 planned for South and Central America.

In addition to Kiwanis, help has been provided by the neonatal Department at Franklin Square Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Martin Aviation Museum and the Maryland Correctional Enterprises.

More help is needed from local volunteers, a few hours/ month to prime paint, construct the Plexiglas components, wire, assemble. test, disassemble and package the units. Office help and Spanish translation help is also needed. Normally work will be done in the lower level of hanger 5 at the Martin Airport 9 to 12 Thursday mornings. For more information contact Richard Allen, 410-852-0518, richardjallen3rd@gmail.com