View Full Version : New sensor detects infant respiratory problems early

01-23-2008, 01:47 PM

Up to six hours can elapse from the moment a problem occurs in lung ventilation, to the moment medical personnel detect it. This is often too late. The baby is already exhibiting signs of distress and there's a danger of irreversible damage to the baby's vital body organs.

The Pneumedicare device, which was developed at the Technion's Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, can detect respiratory irregularities in newborn babies at an early stage, including problems such as accumulation of air between the lungs and chest cavity walls, partial blockage of the air passages, or breathing from only one lung. By detecting these problems early, the device reduces the risk of complications, long-term damage to vital organs, and irreversible brain damage.