Make an Open Source Medical Autoclave
Make this and save lives: my FREE book teaches you how
Pretend for a moment that you live like half of humans on earth: You and three plus billion other people live in a warm rural area without reliable electricity. At some point, you get hurt or give birth, and you may need surgery. Surgery, however, comes with high risks of infection. Even if you have affordable motor transportation - which you don’t - the nearest hospital is two plus hours away. Once there, you’ll need money -which you don’t have - to pay for a procedure.
If you are fortunate, there may be a medical clinic in your village, but it is unlikely they will have the resources to provide a sterile operating environment. Your local clinic simply doesn’t have the energy or financial resources needed to operate even a basic autoclave sterilizer - a special ‘cooker’ designed to wipe out bacteria on medical instruments, gauze, sutures, and supplies. For you, the risks of surgery outweigh the benefits, so you’ll go without.
This article presents an open source and freely published book that shows a method for making a practical off-grid autoclave. The autoclave in this book is designed to run on 12 volt power from the cigarette lighter port of any motor vehicle. It can also run on an 80 watt solar panel. The book is designed to let makers, medical workers, and motivated individuals construct one such device for around $250 USD from easy-to-order commodity parts.
It is my sincerest hope that this book will capture the imagination of a new generation of makers: A growing group of makers ready to apply their Arduino-superpowers to help their fellow person. These goodness-minded collaborative creators can be aptly called Humanitarian Makers. Perhaps this project will inspire you to be part of the Humanitarian Maker Movement.
Did I mention the book is free to download?
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The book and related resources, including Arduino code and parts lists, are available for download through GitHub at this address: https://github.com/IdeaPropulsionSystems/OpenAutoclave
If you would like to have me present in person or conduct a workshop to assemble some number of Open Autoclaves in a group, please e-mail me through my contact page.
David Hartkop :-)