Mimo pillow : an intelligent cushion designed with maternal heart beat vibrations for comforting newborn infants

Wei Chen, S. Bambang Oetomo, D. Tetteroo, F. Versteegh, T. Mamagkaki, M. Serras Pereira, Lindy Janssen, A. Meurs, van

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    Abstract

    Premature infants are subject to numerous interventions ranging from a simple diaper change to surgery while residing in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). These neonates often suffer from pain, distress and discomfort during the first weeks of their lives. Although pharmacological pain treatment often is available, it cannot always be applied to relieve a neonate from pain or discomfort. This paper describes a non-pharmacological solution, called Mimo, which provides comfort through mediation of a parent's physiological features to the distressed neonate via an intelligent pillow system embedded with sensing and actuating functions. We present the design, the implementation and the evaluation of the prototype. Clinical tests at Máxima Medical Centre in the Netherlands show that among the 9 of 10 infants who showed discomfort following diaper change, a shorter recovery time to baseline Skin Conductance Analgesimeter (SCA) values could be measured when the maternal heartbeat vibration in the Mimo was switched on and in 7 of these 10 a shorter crying time was measured
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)979-985
    Number of pages7
    JournalIEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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