New flexible wireless body sensors to help monitor premature babies

An interdisciplinary Northwestern University team has developed a pair of soft, flexible wireless body sensors that replaces the tangle of wire-based sensors that monitor babies in hospitals’ neonatal intensive care units and pose a barrier to parent-baby cuddling and physical bonding.

The work has been pioneered by John Rogers and a pediatrician Amy Paller.

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith says when you have premature babies that are as young as 25 weeks, they are so tiny and their skin is extremely delicate and they need an enormous amount of monitoring.

What John Rogers did was to come up with devices which are a thin film electronic devices. So the devices stick onto the baby's skin. You stick two of them in different locations and the micro electronics pickup energies from a coil which is placed under the baby's mattress and it beams the energy wireless.

Dr Chris Smith - The Naked Scientist

This device measures the temperature of the baby, heart rate, oxygen, level of the blood.

It then collects this information and wireless sends the data to a central station, which in this case is the nurse's station, where the medical team can keep an eye on how the baby is doing.

Dr Chris Smith - The Naked Scientist

While these wires ensure health and safety, they also constrain the baby’s movements and pose a major barrier to physical bonding.

Click below to listen to Chris answers listeners interesting science questions in the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : New flexible wireless body sensors to help monitor premature babies


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
A flirt or a predator? Callers share thoughts on flirting in light of #MeToo

A flirt or a predator? Callers share thoughts on flirting in light of #MeToo

It's become clear that more people are trying to carefully navigate the line between flirting and harassment, or sexual predation.

Zuma's permanent stay of prosecution bid puts NPA on trial, says Karyn Maughan

Zuma's permanent stay of prosecution bid puts NPA on trial, says Karyn Maughan

Reporter Karyn Maughan shares latest in Jacob Zuma's high court bid to have corruption charges against him permanently dropped.

Naked Scientist describes Hello Tomorrow Summit's 'deep technology' innovations

Naked Scientist describes Hello Tomorrow Summit's 'deep technology' innovations

The Naked Scientist, Chris Smith talks about all things science and answers listener's questions.

This mess that is Eish-kom, is the ANC's doing, says Eusebius

This mess that is Eish-kom, is the ANC's doing, says Eusebius

Eusebius McKaiser and callers discuss Ramaphosa's comment that South Africans will overcome load shedding like they did apartheid.

SA hasn't yet succeeded in fulfilling vision of the Constitution, panel says

SA hasn't yet succeeded in fulfilling vision of the Constitution, panel says

Eusebius McKaiser hosted a discussion on the gap between the vision of the Constitution and the lives of people in South Africa.

[LISTEN] Why breast milk is best

[LISTEN] Why breast milk is best

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

Popular articles
Shift to stage 2: Over 800 megawatts back on line from Cahora Bassa - Eskom

Shift to stage 2: Over 800 megawatts back on line from Cahora Bassa - Eskom

Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer predicts Stage 2 load shedding for Friday and Saturday and energy expert Chris Yelland also weighs in.

Capetonians water consumption down by about 536 million litres of water a day

Capetonians water consumption down by about 536 million litres of water a day

Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg talks to Kieno Kammies about Cape Town's latest dam levels.

Kwese TV obtains free-to-air licence in South Africa

Kwese TV obtains free-to-air licence in South Africa

Icasa has approved a TV licence for ​Kwesé Free TV ​to start ​5 ​new channels in South Africa from 2020.

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

A CapeTalk caller explained to Lester Kiewit how he went through flames and over rocks, and debris to escape his car being stoned.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.