Location: United Kingdom
The heart rate monitor is the first to be designed specifically for newborn babies.
Traditionally, hospitals rely on adapting heart rate monitoring technology for newborns when needed or using a stethoscope. SurePulse VS is the first heart rate monitor designed specifically for newborn babies. The heart rate sensor is integrated into a cap which would usually be placed on the baby’s head to minimise heat loss, so it’s a seamless addition to the post-birth care the baby receives.
The single-use cap is available in five different sizes ranging from 23 – 42 weeks gestational age. The heart rate sensor operates for four hours, after which it can be removed from the cap so the baby can continue wearing it for warmth undisrupted.
The wireless sensor transmits data to the display unit continuously while being worn, which records heart rhythm information, the heart rate, and can time and date stamp clinical events. The recorded data can be downloaded for future use and reference.
As the sensor was designed specifically for newborns, it has been made with the intention of not disrupting any of the usual care and events in the first hours such as early breastfeeding and skin-to-skin care. The monitor offers a continuous alternative to checking newborn heart rate with a stethoscope, and is accurate to within five heartbeats per minute.