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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Dealing with psychological trauma of xenophobia and gender-based violence

Dealing with psychological trauma of xenophobia and gender-based violence

Clinical psychologist Audrey Katsidzira weighs in on the effects of the recent spate of violence in the country.

Mashaba is free to do what he likes, says Helen Zille

Mashaba is free to do what he likes, says Helen Zille

The newly elected Democratic Alliance FedEx chair says she has not spoken directly to Joburg mayor about his resignation.

Mbete came across as 'pathetic and an embarrassment' in interview, says Eusebius

Mbete came across as 'pathetic and an embarrassment' in interview, says Eusebius

Eusebius reflects on the interview the former Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete with Mehdi Hasan on Aljazeera on Friday.

Breast cancer and its effect on sexuality

Breast cancer and its effect on sexuality

Dr Eve explores the subject with 702 callers and talks frankly about the effects of cancer on patients sexuality.

Whoever takes over from James Selfe is a poor choice, says Eusebius

Whoever takes over from James Selfe is a poor choice, says Eusebius

The Democratic Alliance will be electing its new federal council chairperson over the weekend.

[LISTEN] Why breast milk is best

[LISTEN] Why breast milk is best

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

Popular articles
Mashaba: DA is no longer a movement that can save South Africa

Mashaba: DA is no longer a movement that can save South Africa

Herman Mashaba announced that he will be resigning from the DA and subsequently as Joburg mayor, effective at the end of November.

Mashaba is free to do what he likes, says Helen Zille

Mashaba is free to do what he likes, says Helen Zille

The newly elected Democratic Alliance FedEx chair says she has not spoken directly to Joburg mayor about his resignation.

Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba calls it quits

Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba calls it quits

Herman Mashaba's resignation comes after the announcement of Helen Zille as the DA's new federal council chair this past weekend.

[WATCH] Oregon coach hugging student after disarming him of shotgun, goes viral

[WATCH] Oregon coach hugging student after disarming him of shotgun, goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Toddler upset that mom didn't give him a goodbye kiss, is so adorable

[WATCH] Toddler upset that mom didn't give him a goodbye kiss, is so adorable

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Today I say to Mmusi Maimane, you are the leader and I am the toilet cleaner'

'Today I say to Mmusi Maimane, you are the leader and I am the toilet cleaner'

New Democratic Alliance Federal Council chair Helen Zille outlines her plans for her new role.

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.