Pluss was never into healthcare business. We started with the aim of sustainability and energy conservation. When we received the call from Dr. Niranjan asking for a solution to cool babies, suffering from Asphyxia, we were clueless if this is also something Phase Change Materials (PCM) were capable of. Unaware of such an application, we devoted a team of researchers for development of the PCM and later a team of designers for creating a device. It took Pluss 1.5 years to develop their hands with making a medical device. Right from design of cradle to development of PCM with the right set of properties and a suitable mattress for comfort of babies, the product went through several iterations before it was ready for market. This was however not the end. Product acceptability was another challenge. Just because it costs less, sound utterly simple and feels like a mattress made people hard to believe it could treat babies.
When first tried on a baby, which was always otherwise a simulated system, we crossed fingers; it was now the question of a life and any engineering defect means a life which we won’t be able to give back. Guess what, we saved a life which range in thousands this date. Never in business was a moment as big as this! The feeling of joy on the face of that mother is still a priceless memory we would cherish every time we see a baby surviving because MiraCradle® is taking care!
After the successful launch of MiraCradle®, we discovered that there is need for step 2. Birth Asphyxia babies should reach the medical facilities within 6 hours of birth and sometimes this transportation lag costs a life. We then brainstormed and found that a portable version of MiraCradle® could be a solution to the problem. Further thought suggested that while being a neonatal cooler, the same device can also work as warmer for the non-Asphyxiated babies and therefore could serve as a multipurpose device. Babies are cooled only if they suffer from Asphyxia, usually they need to be warmed. We aim to make a device containing the units which could be charged with facilities available almost everywhere.
We are skilled at designing PCM’s so that one jacket could be the used for cooling and also for warming, we have designs ready, the next step being able to take these jackets to the hospitals already using MiraCradle® and testing its suitability.