Swiss Scientists Develop a Wireless Camera For Monitoring Critical Symptoms Of Premature Babies

The earlier a baby is born, the more medical problems he/she is likely to have. Soon after the birth, premature babies start showing the signs, observing which is not just feasible all the time. But now all the signs of early children can be recorded and monitored as a team of international experts has developed a wireless camera system.

Developed by a research team from the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, CSEM, in Neuchatel, the wireless camera system is capable of monitoring the vital signs in premature babies – a remarkable advancement that could substitute the painful and highly imprecise skin sensors. Currently, physicians and experts are using skin sensors to monitor vital signs in babies, born ahead of time and the detection made by those skin sensors is found to be 90% false. The alarms, which are tended to ring while detecting signs of the premature baby usually, set off by the baby’s movement, resulting in an incorrect diagnosis.

But the scenario is soon to be changed as the new wireless camera can be used as its replacement. The contactless system is mutually created by scientists at the EPFL polytechnical university in Lausanne, and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, CSEM, in Neuchatel, and two schools are soon to set off the testing of the system.

The wireless camera system is designed in such a way that it will keep precipitate babies, who are to be medically monitored warm in neonatal incubators. Then by using the highly sensitive cameras, physicians will be able to sense the newborn’s pulse by detecting and examining the colour of its skin, which often changes so slightly during every heart beat.

The optical system is developed by the researchers of the CSEM, who said cameras sensitivity is simply enough to notice every small change in skin colour. The EPFL researchers have designed algorithms for processing the data in real time.

Jean-Claude Fauchere, a doctor at University Hospital Zurich’s neonatal clinic, while analysing the wireless camera, said in a statement, “skin sensors used to create various discomforts for the babies because you need to check on them every time. The use of body sensors are also a significant stress factor for nurses and often time-to consume. But the use of new contactless camera system will able to keep an eye on the signs of premature babies, instead of wasting so many times.”

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