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New noninvasive wireless devices aim to more gently monitor neonatal vital signs

Key clinical point: A pair of ultrathin, noninvasive devices can capture and wirelessly transmit full vital signs from the neonatal ICU.

Major finding: One device mounts to the chest and captures ECGs while the other records photoplethysmograms from the base of the foot; both are used to calculate heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.

Study details: A series of tests on neonates in two level III neonatal ICUs with gestational ages ranging from 28 weeks to full term.

Disclosures: No conflicts of interest were reported.


Chung HU et al. Science. 2019 Mar 1. doi: 10.1126/science.aau0780.