Case study

Wearable technology will monitor respiratory rate among new-born babies

26 Apr 2019

An innovative wearable sensor to monitor new-born babies in poor areas is being developed by Anglia Ruskin University, in collaboration with experts in Jordan.

Academics will create wearable technology to accurately measure the respiratory rate in new-born babies, specifically for areas where access to healthcare is poor.

Researchers were alerted to the scale of the issue through their work in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where they saw the effect that limited access to respiratory monitoring impacted access to appropriate healthcare.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 60% of neo-natal deaths in the camp were associated with preterm birth and its associated complication of respiratory stress syndrome.

This international collaborative project will develop a wearable sensor that makes use of wireless communication to provide continuous remote monitoring of an infant’s breathing. This in turn will support faster, more accurate identification of health conditions in new-borns.

Inkjet-printing technology will create stretchable and biocompatible sensors for the monitor, and the project team will work closely with industry to ensure the designs conform to medical standards and can be easily commercialised.