Role of Hypothermia Detecting Device during Transitional Ada
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Maintenance of warm chain and prevention of hypothermia to ensure smooth transitional adaptation of a newborn during the early postnatal period is an important component of essential newborn care. Early detection of hypothermia in term normal-weight newborns, kept in busy postnatal wards is essential but is a challenge for healthcare personnel. Empowering the mothers with a simple tool to recognize hypothermia can decrease the burden on the healthcare personnel and also increase awareness among the mother and family members.

The present study aimed at detecting hypothermia in healthy term newborns in the postnatal ward using a hypothermia alert (BEMPU TempWatch) device while simultaneously recording the abdominal skin temperature.

The pilot study conducted from June 2018 to September 2018, recruited 51 full-term healthy infants in the postnatal ward and monitored them for hypothermia using BEMPU TempWatch on the wrist for 6 hours. Simultaneously, abdominal skin temperature was also recorded for these babies using a portable monitor. The number of hypothermia episodes detected using Bempu TempWatch and simultaneous abdominal skin temperature were recorded and analyzed using R i386.3.5.1 and Microsoft Excel ver. 2010.

The device beeped when the temperature was less than 36.5°C; 68 episodes of hypothermia using TempWatch were recorded in 51 infants within 6 hours of transfer to the postnatal ward. The hypothermic incidence was significantly more during the day shift (70%) than during the night shift (30%).

In conclusion, Full term and normal-weight babies are also at risk of developing mild-moderate hypothermia in postnatal wards. Therefore, the maintenance of a warm chain is essential, and the use of a BEMPU hypothermia alert bracelet (TempWatch) during transitional adaptation can assist in recognizing hypothermia more efficiently. Continuous temperature monitoring may also help in preventing further complications. Hence, this device is useful to mothers in the early recognition of hypothermia in full-term, normal-weight infants in busy postnatal wards.
Source: http://www.ijnmr.net/article_fulltext.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2021&m - PO05&id=2284
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