Infection is the leading cause of death in this fragile patient population and a new technology called HeRO-Heart Rate Observation System in the NICU predicts the risk of life-threatening infections upto 24 hours before they appear in severely premature or critically ill infants.
HeRO uses an algorithm to detect slight changes in a baby's heartbeat that could be an early sign of a major infection, like sepsis which is a bacterial infection that is highly dangerous to babies born three pounds or less.
HeRO system uses a 0-7 surveillance score generated after a heart rate is analyzed, with anything higher than a two considered an alert for possible infection. This kind of monitoring system represents part of the next generation of technology to save lives and help achieve the ultimate goal to provide the highest quality of comprehensive and compassionate care to NICU babies so they can thrive and go home with their families as soon as possible.
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