Innovative Healthcare Idea for Emerging Countries: Salad Spinner Blood Diagnostics

Students at Rice University developed a cheap and simple solution for medical diagnosis of anemia: An adapted salad spinner.  Dubbed 'Sally Strainer', the device uses a common kitchen salad spinner ($30) to diagnose anemia by separating red blood cells (RBC) and plasma.  The design they developed is capable of testing 30 individual samples of 15 micro-liters.  The intended use is for global health in areas without electricity or ease of medical diagnosis.  Field testing is planned this summer as a part of Rice University's Beyond Traditional Borders program.  Check out more information on EurekAlert and Yahoo!.


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