While in the NICU, your baby will be monitored to assess your baby's cardiovascular and respiratory status. The following are common monitoring technologies used in the NICU.
Pulse Oximeter - Measures the baby's blood oxygen levels. This technology can be used to detect some congenital heart defects in neonates.
Cardio Respiratory Monitors - Three adhesive patches are attached to baby's chest, abdomen, arms or legs. Heart rate, beat pattern, breathing rate and breathing patterns are monitored.
Blood Pressure Monitor - Blood pressure is a strong indicator of cardiovascular status in neonates and so should be measured frequently.
Temperature Probes - Used to monitor body temperature of neonates, especially when under incubation.
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