Optimal oxygenation monitoring is critical in the NICU to detect rapid changes in the neonate’s respiratory status

Transcutaneous monitoring in the NICU

Continuous measurement of oxygenation and ventilation status detects sudden changes in the respiratory status in the fragile neonate

Premature babies in the NICU are fragile and at risk of sudden changes in oxygenation (pO2) and carbon dioxide (pCO2) levels which can cause severe complications.

With transcutaneous monitoring, a sensor is gently applied to the body and continuously measures blood gases diffusing through the skin.

Transcutaneous monitoring in neonates provides a real-time overview of the patient’s often fluctuating oxygenation (tcpO2) and ventilation (tcpCO2) status.

This not only minimizes blood sampling from the fragile neonate, but the continuous information allows you to intervene immediately should any changes in the ventilation or oxygenation status occur.

Transcutaneous monitoring is the method of choice for monitoring non-invasive oxygenation and ventilation status

Video: How transcutaneous oxygen monitoring can detect changes in the neonate's respiratory status

Optimal oxygenation monitoring is critical in the NICU to detect rapid changes in the neonate’s respiratory status.

Due to oxygen imbalance – too much oxygen (hyperoxia) or too little oxygen (hypoxia) – premature babies in the NICU are at increased risk of developing respiratory distress syndrome and other complications such as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) or periventricular leukomalacia (PVL).

Watch the video of how tcpO2 and SpO2 monitoring will reduce periods of unreliable oxygenation status in the NICU.

The TCM5 FLEX monitor: A transcutaneous monitor designed for the fragile neonate

The skin of the premature baby is thin, immature and extremely sensitive.

Therefore, when using transcutaneous monitoring, measuring the temperature of the sensor and keeping track of how long each sensor has been applied to the body are crucial to avoid burning the neonate’s skin.

TCM5 FLEX transcutaneous monitor has a special NICU mode

That’s why the special NICU mode of the TCM5 FLEX transcutaneous monitor automatically balances the sensor temperature and sensor application time.

The sensors are small and are gently applied to the skin to improve the patient’s comfort.

The TCM5 FLEX monitor is designed with ease-of-use in mind with automatic sensor calibration and an intuitive touch screen display, allowing busy NICU staff to focus their attention on patient care.

The TCM5 FLEX transcutaneous monitor provides accurate and continuous measurement of oxygenation and ventilation status of neonates.

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