World Prematurity Day

They say the sound of music can bring back life. We agree!

On World Prematurity Day, Phoenix sponsored a musical fund-raiser event organized by Dr. Mehta Hospital to raise awareness about prematurity.

The music programme was held in Chennai, at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, on 18 November 2017. The hall buzzed with children and their parents, who smiled broad for photographs in our photo booth. It was overwhelming to see preemies who recovered in Phoenix equipment all grown up now and full of life, with sky-high dreams to achieve. Doctors and Nurses who’ve dedicated their lives to saving these tiny fighters graced the event and generously bought tickets for the noble cause

The Dr. Shanmuga Sundaram Newborn Fund for the Newborn—By the Newborn is named after a doctor dear to Phoenix. Children graduating from the NICU of Mehta will donate money every year on their birthday to the fund. The fund will help preemies and parents who face financial difficulty for treatment. The fund was released on stage during the event by Dr.Shanmuga Sundaram , Mr.Sashi Kumar ,Managing Director of Phoenix and Dr. Dilip Mehta

All lives have equal value. A life lost would have grown to become the next Abdul Kalam or Indira Gandhi. Phoenix is happy to have donated to this fund which will be useful in saving the next gem of our nation.

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All lives have value

Mrs.Keyle Kneeland is a teacher in Seattle shaping the future of several students and a perfect role model to look up to and grow.  Recently she flew down to India and gave us a memorable and touching customer experience.

The experience in Keyle’s words :

 “Our trip to India was incredible in every way. The most meaningful part of coming to India was getting to visit Phoenix medical systems and having the chance to purchase two Embrace Nest baby warmers. It was fascinating to tour the facility where the baby warmers are made and to meet the people who are responsible for all the many phases of its production. It was wonderful to learn about the different kinds of work that go in to creating the product, and to see it all first hand was a dream after first reading about this life saving device from ten thousand miles away in my home in Seattle.

Towards the end of our visit, I cried when I told the staff about my purpose for purchasing the baby warmers. Two summers earlier, I worked for three weeks in a Chinese orphanage caring for babies. I met my daughter 13 years earlier in the same orphanage when I adopted her as a one year old. She and I worked together in 2015 at the orphanage, and it was hot, and emotionally exhausting work. Many of the children had physical and cognitive delays and disabilities but we did our best, as did the staff to care for them with the hope that they would someday be adopted and join their forever families around the world.

One evening a small baby was abandoned at the gate. He had been found by the police in a trash can and he was covered in rat bites. He was blue with hypothermia and was struggling to stay alive. His umbilical cord was still attached. He had clearly just been born a few hours earlier.

We had no way to warm this poor little baby other than in our arms and by using warm water and rags.

We were only able to keep him alive for a couple of hours before he died. I was horrified and would never have brought my daughter to China had  I realized she would witness such a horrifying event.

We held this babies small lifeless body and cried at the senseless loss of his life and our inability to save him.

Sandra, (the director of the orphanage) said that there is always a reason things happen. This little babies life would have meaning, we just didn’t know what that would be. It might take some time to figure it out, but it would have meaning.

When I returned to the United States, I began searching for some kind of a low-cost incubator that would allow the orphanage to care for premature babies and save the lives of tiny babies who needed extra care and warmth.

I read about the Embrace Nest product made by Phoenix medical systems, and was sure that this product could make a difference in saving lives at the orphanage in the future.

Because it did not have FDA approval, I knew I would need to travel to India to purchase the product. This excited me because I had never been to India, had taught many elementary school students for several years from India and was eager to learn more about Indian culture.

A friend of mine had moved to Chennai to teach so I knew I would be able to stay with her while coming to Southern India where the product was made.

Fast forward two years and there I was, standing with my son and daughter in the office and sharing my story with the staff at Phoenix as I cried remembering the helpless feeling of trying to save that small little baby on the other side of the world two years earlier.

It was all so incredible. I was so thankful to be able to show my children the impact we could make in future lives in China by finding the Embrace Nest and getting it back to the orphanage where she began her life 14 years earlier. All lives have value no matter how poor, how humble, or how much early struggle they may face.  Thanks to Phoenix Medical Systems and this product, the Embrace Nest, more babies will live. These babies will grow to impact other lives for the positive.

Thank you Phoenix for helping to give meaning to that little babies life by inspiring me to come to India to purchase the embrace nest. The next time a small baby comes to the orphanage, it will have a better chance of survival. Perhaps it will live. Perhaps that same life will grow in to the young person who grows up to cure cancer or impact world peace. We never know. Yet we can have hope rather than despair at losing yet another young life. That hope will make all the difference in the world. Thank you Phoenix!”

 

People like Keyle make the world a better place, give more meaning and light in our mission to save the tiny warriors.  

SmartCane at National Museums Scotland

Blindness actually is a condition which brings in several limitations but these limitations actually can be brought down with the help of technology .You must have seen many visually impaired people use the white cane as a means to help them navigate and walk through their areas.However, this white cane is unable to detect any obstruction that is above the waist. For instance, an open window pane like this one will go undetected and most likely result in upper-body injury.
SmartCane is an interesting invention that uses ultrasonic waves to detect all such obstructions. This low cost device is already being used by thousands of people across the world
 
SmartCane has been  included in the National Museums Scotland exhibition on sight aides for a group of cases entitled ‘Engineering Humans’ .
The National Museums Scotland is the most visited attraction in the UK outside of London, drawing in over 1.7 million visitors a year. At National Museums Scotland, they care for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible. They highlight the importance of how manufacturing and engineering have changed our lives.  One of the galleries features a section on Technology by Design, where SmartCane has been exhibited.   SmartCane , a flagship product of Phoenix proudly standing in the National Museums Scotland brings in a sense of delight to the entire SmartCane team.

 

Cardboard Incubator Gives Preemies Better Chance of Survival

The first few weeks of life are critical for premature and low birth weight babies, as their ability to regulate their own body temperature is not fully developed. Placing the baby in an incubator, essentially a man-made version of the womb, helps maintain an infant’s temperature and environment. However, the use of incubators in low-resource countries is much more difficult, as the products are generally too expensive.

Gavind Rao, infant incubator
Govind Rao presenting at the 4th Annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium where he was awarded $50,000 from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI)

“The statistics, especially in lower source environments, are pretty grim: About every 10 seconds a baby dies, and usually it’s due to problems of hypothermia or sepsis,” says Govind Rao, Ph.D., professor and director at the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). “Low birth weight has become increasingly common as women defer childbirth. If you had an inexpensive way to intervene and keep baby warm, it would have a dramatic impact.” Rao added that premature babies born in these environments are also at risk of infection, because the incubators are not always effectively cleaned and sanitized. This means that as one sick baby leaves the incubator, the next baby coming in is highly susceptible to accepting the infection. “That becomes a highly problematic issue leading to high mortality,” says Rao.

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Saving lives beyond borders

We first met H.E. Bernaud Haufiku, Minister of Health and Social Services, Namibia at the India–Africa Expo 2016. One thing led to another, and our excitement knew no bounds when he accepted our invitation to visit Phoenix Medical Systems and we realised we were going to host him. Preparations went ahead in full swing, and we awaited his arrival. The minister flew down to India from Namibia just to visit us.

Interacting with His Excellency was a great pleasure. He evinced a keen interest in our products and facilities. We talked about the status of newborn care in our respective countries and how we could help each other.

On returning to Namibia, Dr. Haufiku appealed to organisations to come forward and sponsor Phoenix devices to save babies suffering from Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Multichoice, a leading video entertainment and Internet company in South Africa, came forward and donated a number of the devices to the ministry.

Considering the bond we share with our beloved minister, we made the devices available at reduced prices.

Our Managing Director accompanied our technical team when they flew to Namibia to install the equipment and train the clinical staff in its use.

We were extremely happy to be involved in this remarkable event wherein we could reach out to another country.

Sales Coordinator

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EXPERIENCE: 2 years’ experience preferred, but we welcome suitable freshers.

AGE: 21–25 years

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Service Engineer

We are looking for candidates who are willing to travel extensively.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS: Diploma or degree in engineering (ECE/EEE). Good communication skills required.

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Service Coordinator

This position requires interaction with customers.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS: Any degree. Good communication skills. Good knowledge of Word and Excel required.

EXPERIENCE: Freshers and candidates with 1–2 years’ experience alone need apply.

AGE: 22 years or less.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Knowledge of Hindi or Bengali required.