We are proud to be part of a team at Nottingham University, currently working together to develop the Heartlight Newborn Resuscitation Sensor to help benefit midwives and doctors during the first crucial moments of a newborns life.
The sensor is mounted in a hat which can be placed on the baby’s head as soon as it has been born. It is being developed for ‘at risk’ babies who may need extra help with breathing, a problem with their heart, or any other health issues. The tiny monitor on the hat will continuously monitor the heart rate in a hands-free way. Making it easier for midwives to know when to perform resuscitation. This will in turn reduce the need for the use of a stethoscope and speed up the process from discovering the problem to performing the solution.
Around 10% of the 700,000 babies that are born in the UK every year need some form of resuscitation. By creating this product we can help with the process and limit the chances of poor health and even death.
The process began with researching and questioning midwives, doctors and neonatal experts so we could thoroughly understand the user’s needs, the environment in which it will be used as well as the application. This had to be done before we could begin the concept process and design and prototype the product. Challenges that we faced with this product design were usability, the effectiveness of the product itself in the clinical environment as well as industrial and engineering aspects which are vital for the success of the product itself. This project is expected to make a real impact with helping doctors and midwives save lives in the first crucial minutes of a child’s life.