Improved vital signs monitoring for preemies
Apnea can be better detected and more accurately monitored with diaphragmatic EMG (dEMG)
A premature baby has more difficulty breathing. And when the lungs or the brain functions that control breathing aren’t fully developed yet, a baby can suffer from breathing pauses (apnea). These breathing pauses also cause the heart rate to slow down (bradycardia). Traditionally, the respiratory rate of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies is monitored by adhesive electrodes measuring ECG, but apnea can be better detected and more accurately monitored with dEMG*. The Bambi Belt provides a wireless and skin-friendly way of detecting apneas with dEMG.
Similarly the heart rate of a premature is affected by multiple conditions that require treatment instantaneously. Therefore monitoring of heart rate is of the utmost importance.
Breathing pauses (apneas) and heart rate are traditionally monitored with adhesive electrodes applied to the chest, but can also be monitored with a wireless, skin-friendly belt, called the Bambi Belt.
The wireless, skin-friendly Bambi Belt eliminates the need to repeatedly remove electrodes from the extra sensitive skin of preemies. This makes monitoring of neonatal vital signs less painful - thus protecting the developing brain of neonates*. Wireless monitoring also lowers the risk of infections from micro-organisms entering the skin that is damaged from removing adhesives.
Monitoring of very premature babies
We expect that the wireless, skin-friendly Bambi Belt, can monitor the vital signs from 24 weeks gestational age onwards.
This is a great benefit of the Bambi Belt, because when a baby is or needs to be born at just 24 weeks of pregnancy, its skin is almost too thin and the surface is almost too small to attach adhesive electrodes. With electrode wires attached, skin-to-skin contact between parents and their very premature babies is impaired and limits the Kangaroo Care experience. This means that premature babies benefit less from the bonding and healing effects of skin-to-skin contact a.k.a. Kangaroo Care.