Worldwide, ten percent of infants are born prematurely, i.e., at less than 37 weeks of gestation. Prematurity of birth increases the likelihood of mortality and lifelong morbidities and its incidence is rising worldwide affecting both developed and developing countries alike. The most vulnerable infants, often weighing as little as 500 grams at birth, are placed in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) where their vital signs are continuously monitored so that nurses can rapidly stabilize any life-threatening deteriorations.
The project aims at developing algorithms using the continuously monitored vital signs recorded in the NICU with the aim of predictive monitoring, so as to avoid entirely or to provide early detection of undesirable clinical incidents, both acute deteriorations and diseases. An increased window of opportunity for clinical action increases the likelihood of timely interventions, which in preterm infants not only holds the potential to have a large impact over the course of their lives but can also reduce the physical, emotional and financial toll on families and society at large.
Philips Research, Eindhoven and Maxima Medical Center, Veldhoven
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