Lancaster University helps to rise an ‘Ebola-proof’ inscription device

A Lancaster University engineer has helped create the program for a inscription device that supports medics treating patients with Ebola.


The device can be cleared in chlorine solution, and can be used wearing gloves and in inauspicious continue conditions and high humidity.

It comes after Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a gift that delivers puncture medical aid, called for an Ebola-proof inscription to assistance teams record studious information.

The plea for health workers was that zero could leave a high-risk zone, including paper. This meant they had to foreordain medical records during a distance, cheering over a fence, or had to remember studious sum until a finish of their shift.

Corinne Pritchard, a Design Visualizer during ImaginationLancaster, was one of 3 designers in Daniel Cunningham’s Hack4Good group of volunteers, and helped pattern a program for a device.

Other volunteers took caring of a coding and hardware needs in a early stages, mostly operative for free. As a plan grown it was taken on by Google’s Crisis Response Team, who grown a Ebola-proof tablets and took a plan to completion.

Corinne Pritchard said: “This was an extraordinary event to assistance a medics now fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone and beyond.

“The brief was really severe – a medics are dressed conduct to toe in plastic, their goggles haze adult in a feverishness and they’re wearing dual pairs of gloves, so we had to pattern really permitted software. we wish this plan shows that being a engineer is about some-more than adding bells and whistles – it can have really genuine benefits.”

The inscription has a waterproof surrounding that can be cleared in 0.5% chlorine solution, has dull edges so as to not pierce protecting clothing, and is charged wirelessly.

Having been tested during MSF diagnosis centres in Sierra Leone, a gift hopes a record will be blending for identical puncture situations, such as outbreaks of cholera.

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