Neo-SENSE: a non-invasive smart sensing mattress for cardiac monitoring of babies

Aviles-Espinosa, Rodrigo, Rendon Morales, Elizabeth, Luo, Zhenhua, Dore, Henry, Anton, Oana, Rabe, Heike and Prance, Robert J (2019) Neo-SENSE: a non-invasive smart sensing mattress for cardiac monitoring of babies. 2019 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, Sophia Antipolis, France, 11-13 March 2019. Published in: 2019 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ISBN 9781538677131

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Within the first minute of life a newborn must take its first breath to make the transition from life inside the womb to the outside world. If a baby does not start breathing, its heart rate will drop and the circulation of blood carrying oxygen to the organs will be seriously affected. The damage done to a newborn who is deprived of oxygen happens so quickly that rapid response is imperative. During birth, the attending neonatal staff manually listen to the baby´s heart and count the heart rate; however, this has proven inaccurate and inefficient. Nowadays, there is not a reliable method to monitor newborn heart rate promptly throughout birth. In this paper, we report the design and development of a novel smart mattress device to measure the babies’ electrocardiogram and respiration non-invasively. The device is based on electrometer-based amplifier sensors combined with novel screen-printing techniques. Proof of concept tests are carried out to demonstrate the suitability of the smart-mattress for new born ECG monitoring. We perform tests with a young infant and demonstrate the potential of this sensing technology to provide a quick and reliable application as ECG readings were displayed within a time < 30 seconds. This will aid the neonatal staff to assess the success of the resuscitation technology aiming to lower the incidence of long-term consequences of poor adaptation to life outside the womb.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Authors would like to thank clinical staff for the valuable discussions carried out for the development of this work and access provided to the Brighton and Sussex Childrens Hospital. This work was funded by the University of Sussex Research Development Fund round 8.
Keywords: Biosensors, medical sensors, pediatric cardiology, Electric Potential Sensors, electrophysiology and electrocardiogram
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Sensor Technology Research Centre
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Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 16:24
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 08:45

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