The Digi-NewB project, conceived of and coordinated by Professor Patrick Pladys from Rennes University Hospital, and Professor Guy Carrault of the University of Rennes 1, involves 6 French university hospitals, 3 European universities and 2 French and Irish businesses. They aim to develop a decision support tool, which analyses physiological signals of infants born prematurely, to identify the first signs of infection. These will be detected by thermal and infrared cameras, sound sensors, and cardiac and respiration monitoring devices. This equipment, coupled with advanced data analysis techniques, will enable early support to be delivered.
Without contact with the child, the system will minimise the need for these very fragile babies to undergo invasive medical procedures. A clinical study has commenced with a panel of 700 premature babies. The objective is to verify project hypotheses and test, in real time, the diagnostic support tool and its ease of use. As it is non-invasive, this study will therefore not entail any additional medical procedure for the children concerned. Such an experiment is a global first. In 4 years time, the consortium hopes to be able to offer the new system to neonatal services.
Source : Bretagne Innovation Portal – 19/05/2016
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