Hugsy: a comforting solution for preterm neonates designed to enhance parent-child bonding

S. Claes, M. Cabral Guerra, J. Du, L.M. Smits, D. Kommers, S.B. Oetomo

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Abstract

Premature neonates frequently need to spend several weeks or months in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These neonates will experience a significant amount of pain, stress and discomfort during their hospital stay due to various medical interventions they will receive ranging from feeding to surgery. Although pharmacological pain treatments are available, often they are not suited for relieving of day-to-day discomfort and pain. Evidence is accumulating in the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions to relieve pain and discomfort for premature neonates, for example: Kangaroo care, facilitated tucking, and aromatherapy. This paper describes a new non-pharmacological comforting solution that combines various non-pharmacological interventions in a holistic way to provide comfort to neonates. The proposed solution, Hugsy, facilitates kangaroo care moments, and simulates the kangaroo care experience within the incubator by providing the neonate with a parent's unique smell, heartbeat, and feeling of support. We discuss the design and application of the solution, as well as the clinical study conducted with the first prototypes. Results indicate the Hugsy is a promising solution for comforting premature neonates and enhancing parent-child bonding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Connected Health
Subtitle of host publicationApplications, Systems and Engineering Technologies, CHASE 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages177-184
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509047215
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2017
Event2nd IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies, (CHASE 2017), 17-19 July 2017, Philadelphia, USA - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201719 Jul 2017
http://conferences.computer.org/chase2017/

Conference

Conference2nd IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies, (CHASE 2017), 17-19 July 2017, Philadelphia, USA
Abbreviated titleCHASE 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period17/07/1719/07/17
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Keywords

  • aromatherapy
  • bonding
  • comforting solution
  • heartbeat
  • positioning
  • Preterm neonates
  • swaddling
  • user-centered design

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Claes, S., Cabral Guerra, M., Du, J., Smits, L. M., Kommers, D., & Oetomo, S. B. (2017). Hugsy: a comforting solution for preterm neonates designed to enhance parent-child bonding. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies, CHASE 2017 (pp. 177-184). [8010631] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/CHASE.2017.76