Good News for the Lit­tlest Ba­bies

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

In­fants who spend time in a neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit are of­ten hooked up to a tan­gle of wires to mon­i­tor func­tions such as blood pres­sure, breath­ing, and heart­beat. But this can be stress­ful for both ba­bies and par­ents and can serve as a bar­rier to phys­i­cal bond­ing. Sci­en­tists from North­west­ern Univer­sity are seek­ing to change that by de­vel­op­ing soft, wire­less sen­sors that they think will make for a bet­ter NICU ex­pe­ri­ence. Al­ready tested on 70 NICU in­fants, the wire­less sen­sors ac­cu­rately mea­sured vi­tal signs and made it eas­ier for par­ents to hold their ba­bies skin-to-skin. The wire­less patches were also gen­tler on the skin than the tra­di­tional sen­sor ad­he­sive. Re­searchers say the wire­less tech­nol­ogy could ap­pear in hos­pi­tals within two to three years.

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