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Biotech Innovations
April 9, 2019

Wireless Vital Signs Monitoring for the NICU

JAMA. 2019;321(14):1343. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3243

Today, babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are enveloped in a mass of monitoring wires that hamper basic clinical and imaging procedures and skin-to-skin contact with caregivers, which is linked with reduced infant mortality and other positive outcomes. Additionally, sensors are attached with adhesives that can damage and scar fragile premature skin. A new system using a pair of small, wireless, skin-like electronic patches could one day replace this cumbersome and invasive equipment.