“Side-car bassinets are three-sided and lock onto to the maternal hospital bed frame, keeping the newborn within the mother’s reach and on the same level,” Dr. Tully explained. “Side-cars in the hospital setting have been adopted overseas with success, but they are not yet available in the U.S. We aim to change this because side-cars have the potential to improve three critical components of maternity care: maternal-infant health, patient satisfaction and clinical staffing.”
In collaboration with North Carolina State University’s College of Industrial Design and the design and engineering firm , UNC researchers will create medical-grade side-car bassinet prototypes for testing at UNC Hospitals and will further refine the models for widespread manufacturing.
She received the award in support of a project that will design and develop infant side-car bassinets for use in United States hospital postnatal units.
In addition to the side-cars improving the entire postpartum experience for mothers and newborns, the alleviation of non-critical demands on nursing time means the specialized bassinets offer potential cost-savings related to hospital staffing.
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