TempTraq® Donates Body Temperature Monitors To Pediatric Cancer Unit in Uganda
TempTraq® Brings Peace of Mind to Parents and Nurses by Monitoring Fevers before They Turn Deadly
CLEVELAND – October 11, 2016 – When faced with a nursing shortage in the pediatric cancer unit at the Uganda Cancer Institute, Dr. Kevin Schwartz, Pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, knew TempTraq® could provide a valuable solution. The wearable, Bluetooth temperature monitor continuously senses, records and transmits body temperature for 24 hours to a mobile device through its free downloadable app, providing quick access to real-time body temperature data.
In line with the TempTraq® mission to provide families with peace of mind when their children are sick, Dr. Schwartz works with pediatric cancer patients in Northern Uganda through The Child is Innocent, a non-profit organization he co-founded that aims to improve health and education, and to provide leadership development for children.
The major issue Dr. Schwartz faced within the pediatric cancer department at the Institute was a shortage of nursing staff. With only one nurse for every 20 to 40 patients, vital signs were only checked once or twice a day. However, in pediatric cancer patients who already have a suppressed immune system, it is critical that vital signs are tracked more frequently to catch dangerous fevers. Undetected fevers can be extremely dangerous and potentially deadly in these types of patients.
After being approached by Dr. Schwartz, TempTraq® donated units to his cause, providing comfort for parents of sick children and a system for nurses to proactively monitor patients through their smartphones. They can be alerted in real time when fever spikes, giving them the power to address the fever more quickly and administer the appropriate antibiotics to help fight life-threatening infections.
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About Blue Spark Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Blue Spark Technologies, Inc. is the leader in developing thin, flexible, printed power solutions for printed electronic systems. Founded in 2002 to commercialize thin printed battery technology from Energizer, the company has evolved to include printed electronics solutions development utilizing their proprietary battery technology to create unique thin and flexible solutions. Blue Spark Technologies’ latest innovation, TempTraq®, is powered by Blue Spark Technologies’ patented, printed flexible battery, and is the only Bluetooth®, wearable temperature monitor in the form of a soft, comfortable patch that continuously, and comfortably, monitors body temperature for up to 24 hours and sends alerts to Apple® or Android™ compatible mobile devices.