Wireless vital signs sensors for premature babies

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Wireless vital signs sensors for premature babies

Premature babies can be connected by many wires to a monitoring device for the various sensors measuring their vital signs.

Researchers from the The Montreal Children's Hospital is launching a study to test wireless vital signs monitors, which will be connected to premature babies. This is a first in the country.

The method currently applied involves sensors which are connected to a central machine by wires.

In the case of premature babies, these sensors can monitor breathing, blood pressure or even the level of oxygen in the blood, among others.

More than ten wires can be connected to as many sensors, which limits the movements of the infant, increases the risk of infection and creates stress in parents.

The wireless system is actually made up of two sensors, explains Dr. Wassam Shalish, a clinician researcher and neonatologist.

Thanks to a sensor on the chest and another on the foot, the information can be transmitted to a smart monitor outside the room, which will also allow minimize sounds.

Researchers believe smart sensors could improve premature babies' quality of life. again Dr. Shalish, before adding that it is necessary to ensure that these sensors are used safely in an environment where we cannot afford to make mistakes.

This new method of monitoring premature babies could also allow them to return home more quickly.

Sensor battery life can last up to 24 hours. Hospital services will therefore have the opportunity to perform telemedicine and remote monitoring, said Pierre Gfeller, president and CEO of the McGill University Health Center.

Based on a report by Jacaudrey Charbonneau

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