Pelican Pulse Oximeter

In Progress


Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of newborn mortality.  Although a pulse oximeter combined with a respiratory rate counter would be the most effective tool for pneumonia diagnosis, there does not yet exist a device that is suitable for use with newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities and by low-skilled care providers--the first line in pneumonia diagnosis and treatment. 


Pelican features a washable, reusable sensor that reduces the total cost of ownership by eliminating the more common single-use $10 disposable sensor. Pelican avoids common points of mechanical failure, for example by eliminating cables. Pelican’s intuitive design and improved user interface will allow low-skilled or illiterate users to quickly and accurately collect blood oxygen measurements and respiratory rates, and will support better health outcomes by providing treatment recommendations


DtM and partners will develop the current “looks like” design concept into an integrated prototype.  DtM will test engineering performance and community healthcare workers (CHWs). We will leverage our networks to form manufacturing and dissemination partnerships to scale Pelican to high burden pneumonia countries such as India and Uganda.  

Our Progress

DtM has developed a dozen product forum concepts, which we brought to Haiti for initial field testing. Based on user feedback, we have designed two new prototypes that illustrate the user interface and form factor for taking newborn measurements.

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Esther Mangan
Keiichi Onishi
Kevin Wiesner
Leah Chung
Phillip Daniel
Sara Stulac
Shubhang Tandon
Victoria Young
Wei Wu



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Nancy Brazeau, RN
Jennifer Flockiger, RN
Janet Frank, RN
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