Thanks, everyone for the support! I have had a busy few weeks. 2 weeks ago, I visited the NICU where my son was born in NYC and brought them an updated picture for them to put up on their photo wall. One of his attending neonatologists remembered me and agreed to do an interview for my research! As part of my research, I visited Israel last week to look at a new technology that could really help in the NICU world. This company designed a Point of Care Complete Blood Count device. I remember how difficult it was for the NICU nurses to draw enough blood from my son when he was 1lb 11oz for platelet counts, bilirubin, etc. The new device takes less than one drop (20 uL) of blood and uses a disposable cartridge deliver a 20-parameter CBC result including 5 differentials and platelets. The results are ready in 5 minutes and there is no lab-style calibration or maintenance needed on the device. It's undergoing clinical trials in Europe right now showing to be as accurate as lab CBCs.
I designed a 3 minute survey to gauge interest among doctors and nurses for a device like this for neonatal, oncology, and physician office labs. Since I have the personal interest in seeing something like this make it to NICUs, I took the responsibility in my group to study the neonatal segment. Remember, we are university students, not getting paid for this and have zero financial ties to the company that developed the technology. If any of you is interested in helping us by taking the survey or forwarding it to others, please feel free.
Here is the link to the 3 minute survey:
Here is a video describing the POC CBC device:
HemoScreen Complete Blood Count at the Point of Care - YouTube
I am happy to discuss further so here is my personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for your support and the incredible work you do!!!