Danish Mahmood, Canada, 15
Project: W.I.N.I.T.S. (Wireless Interconnected Non-Invasive Triage System)
Basic Human Needs: Health, Safety
As a result of several minor sports injuries, Danish spent hours in crowded hospital waiting rooms. During those hours, he noticed that patients with deteriorating conditions were often left unmonitored for long periods of time. Limited medical personnel available to monitor patients left hospitals overwhelmed, especially when responding to mass casualty incidents. As a result of outdated manual protocols for patient assessment during emergency response, paramedics and medical personnel were often left without critical information. Hospital vital signs monitoring systems were bulky, expensive and inaccessible during patient transportation. Inspired to improve the emergency response process, Danish developed the Wireless Interconnected Non-Invasive Triage System (W.I.N.I.T.S.), a vital-signs monitoring system centered around a cost-effective and compact biomedical device. This novel device monitors a patient’s heart rate, blood oxygen, body temperature and continuous cuffless blood pressure using a single finger sensor for under $25 per unit. His solution connects to a cloud-based dashboard system which provides patient vital-signs data to paramedics, responders and hospital team members. Danish’s system has great potential to improve the efficiency of monitoring patients in the hospital, at a disaster site or at home. In 2017, Danish won the Platinum Award for the Best Junior Project at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) and a first place at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS). In 2018, he won a second place in Biomedical Engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). He will soon be working with universities to clinically test the prototype and commercially develop it.