IV Pediatric Backpack 4 Kids with Cancer
Organized by: Kylie Simonds
Kylie Simonds via Crowdrise
September 29, 2014
First and foremost, Please Click the tweet button or FB share button and share this amazing idea with everyone you know Please!!
Thank you video from Kylie to those who shared, tweeted, or donated.
The goal of this fundraiser is to generate the funds needed to begin production of the first IV backpacks. Kylie is well on her way to building the first prototype but the manufacturing process will cost thousands of dollars to begin production.
Contact #: 203-632-5714
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Sept. 24 The Doctors tv
Sept. 22 MSNBC
Featured ON YAHOO:
Science World News
Kylie will be featured on MSNBC with Tamron Hall on Friday the 15th.
Birte Wistinghausen, MD, Clinical Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital
" ..[this] contraption could assist more than just Kylie’s friends. “I think it’s a wonderful idea,” she told Yahoo Health. “The stigma would fall away from seeing an IV pole [and] it would be very useful for pediatric oncology patients in providing them much more mobility and freedom.” She also noted that the pack would make it easier for patients to visit the playroom and participate in daily activities. Additionally, it could be very useful for kids that are on hydration intravenousnutrition, allowing them to move around more."
This year Kylie was challenged with coming up with an invention through her school and the CT Invention Convention. Kylie immediately knew what she wanted to invent. A backpack that could allow children some mobility while receiving I.V. treatments or infusions.
Kylie's backpack couldn't be just any backpack. Because of the fasionista that she is, these would have to be colorful, gender specific, and awesome. She went to work and with the help from her parents designed a backpack.
UCONN INVENTION CONVENTION
Kylie's invention was chosen by her middle school teachers, among others, to attend the UCONN Invention Convention where over 700 inventions were displayed and many selected for awards and recognition. Amazingly, Kylie's invention received four awards including the "Patent Award", the highest award at the convention. She even received the only standing ovation of the night.
The Patent Award has allowed Kylie's invention to be submitted to the US Patent & Trademark Office with the sponsor covering all costs. The lawyers have submitted the provisional patent application.
Video on YouTube
The design incorporated an I.V. pole with a drip bag protection cage. Kids want to move around and we can't risk the Medicine bags getting punctured or compressed. This cage is customizable with different shapes, like hearts, peace signs, etc. The designs will make treatment less scary like current I.V. poles are very intimidating to young children. The protection cage is also removable and can be replaced with a child's choice of design. If they receive two different medicines or a transfusion and medicine they can add a second cage.
The backpack also has the I.V. controller built into the bag to control the flow rate. It is powered by battery which most I.V. machines on a pole are also battery operated.
GOAL OF THIS CAMPAIGN:
Raise funds to begin production of the IV backpacks. With help from her father, Kylie is now doing R&D to make the prototype. She has found numerous infusion pumps that will suit this idea but the cost for them is in the thousands of dollar range. Additionally, the backpack will need to be designed to support both the IV infusion pump and the carry rod.
LONG TERM GOAL:
Kylie is determined to make this a reality and see the I.V. backpack in children's hospitals throughout the U.S., maybe throughout the world. Unfortunately, it requires an enormous amount of money to make a prototype of this backpack. The controller will need to be customized to be mobile and also small enough to fit in a backpack.
So Kylie needs your help to make this a reality. Will you step up and make this a reality for thousands of kids, and maybe even older patients ;)