Life-saving neonatal incubators

Neonatal incubators can sometimes be the difference between life and death for premature and poorly babies. They provide a safe and controlled space for neonates, especially during the first 28 days of their lives, which is considered the most critical time for babies health.

Premature and poorly babies struggle to regulate their own body temperature and are susceptible to hypothermia. This is where neonatal incubators come in. The temperature environment within the neonatal incubator can be adjusted either manually or automatically, based on the baby’s body temperature, and can also act as a humidifier – perfect if the baby is suffering with skin problems.

Benefits and features of neonatal incubators

Modern infant incubators are designed and built to the highest quality standard, offering fresh and sterile conditions, in which a baby can thrive. They also offer the following:

  • Touchscreen display

All information, including the temperature of the unit and the heart rate of the baby, can be clearly seen on a touchscreen display.

  • Electrical height adjustment

Neonatal incubators are not only comfortable for an infant, but it can be comfortable for the person looking after the baby, as the height can be adjusted. So, there is no need for continual bending down.

  • USB data transfer

All patient data is downloadable onto a USB, so is stored electronically as well as the written records kept by the medical professionals.

  • Automatic air curtain

If one of the panels are open then the air circuit motor automatically accelerates to deliver extra warm air to the hood. This prevents heat loss and therefore maintains the stable environment within the incubator.

  • Port and tubing access ports
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These provide easy access for the operator and also don’t hinder the environment of incubator.

  • Silent

Modern infant incubators provide a very quiet environment and reduce outside noise, so it has a positive effect on the respiratory system, sleep patterns and stress levels of the baby.

There are a number of different visual and audio alarms such as below. These alert the nurses or doctors who are nearby, so everything is tended to straightaway.

  • Temperature sensors and alarms
  • Humidity sensors and alarms
  • Oxygen sensors and alarms
  • Working conditions alarms

Transportable incubators

What happens if your baby needs moving from one place to another? There’s no need to worry as they can remain in an incubator – a transportable neonatal incubator.

Providing a safe and comfortable environment, a transportable neonatal incubator will usually have a battery that lasts four hours, giving plenty of time to transport the baby to another department when they require further tests.

As with the standard neonatal incubator, a transport incubator is height adjustable and features a number of alarms in case there is anything to pay attention to. There are two temperature control modes, to keep the baby’s body temperature stable, and together with an oxygen supply system, there is a double walled cabinet for clear view into the incubator.

Designed to save the life of neonates and poorly babies, a neonatal incubator is a key piece of equipment on any maternity or NICU ward, providing worried parents peace of mind.