Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bike-Powered Centrifuge

Designer Jack Albert Trew, a 3D Product Design student at the University of Birmingham City, has designed a low-tech centrifuge alternative to diagnose medical patients in rural developing countries.

Most often, Western medical devices donated to Africa have limited shelf life due to electrical needs and lack of budgets for constant care and repairs.

The World Health Organization estimates that a large proportion—up to 70 percent—of donated medical equipment lies idle. This leads to an inadequacy of donating medical devices to Africa, and a waste in equipment that can potentially save many lives.

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Bike-Powered Centrifuge for Developing CountriesSource

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Source: BORGEN

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