Infant transport incubator cold performance

Vadalma, Anthony (2014) Infant transport incubator cold performance. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

The Mansell Infant Retrieval System is designed to be used by clinical personnel to transport under intensive-care conditions, premature or critically-ill infants to a medical
centre by using either a road ambulance, fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft. The key component of the Mansell Infant Retrieval system is the Neocot which is a controlled
environment capsule to accommodate the infant. This capsule needs to maintain a relatively constant internal temperature of 36 degrees Celsius.

This project tests a newly designed heating element to determine if under certain environmental conditions, the Neocot will operate in a manner complying with the current
Australian standard IEC.60601-2-20. In order to pass the standard requirements, the new heater in the Neocot needs to be set at 36 degrees Celsius and be able to stay within a temperature range of ��±3 degrees Celsius when the ambient external temperature was at -5 degrees Celsius for a total
period of 15 minutes. Once 15 minutes have elapsed, the Neocot then needs to be placed in an external ambient temperature of between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius for a total period of 30 minutes. This means that in order for the Neocot to pass these requirements the internal temperature should not go above 39 degrees Celsius or below 33 degrees Celsius.

The test, undertaken using the developed temperature logging equipments described in this project proved that the new heater design successfully passed the requirements of the IEC.60601-2-20 standard. The new heater was capable of maintaining the internal temperature of the Neocot within the required IEC.60601-2-20 Australian Standards
in a cold temperature environment which exceeded the standards requirements. The following dissertation details the steps undertaken in designing a calibrated device
to properly measure the temperature deviations of the Neocot as well as the results obtained from the cold test.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering project.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Supervisors: Leis, John; Grant-Thomson, John
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:17
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: infant intensive care; medical transportation needs; Neocot; medical temperature controls; cold temperature testing
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27288

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