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American Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 5(3), 73-77
DOI: 10.12691/ajbr-5-3-5
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Development and Evaluation of Neonate Physiological Index at Parental Contact

Hsin-Hung Kuo1, Yashbir Singh1, Min Chun Lee2 and Wei-Chih Hu1,

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University, Zhongli, Taiwan

2Taichung Tzu Chi Hospitals, Taiwan

Pub. Date: November 02, 2018

Cite this paper:
Hsin-Hung Kuo, Yashbir Singh, Min Chun Lee and Wei-Chih Hu. Development and Evaluation of Neonate Physiological Index at Parental Contact. American Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017; 5(3):73-77. doi: 10.12691/ajbr-5-3-5

Abstract

Rooming-in is an arrangement that allows mothers and newborn babies in the same room during the postpartum hospital stay. This practice gives an opportunity for the parents to have more affectionate touching with their infants. However, the influence of intimate contact on a neonate’s physiological changes has not been studied. Our study develops an evaluation system of neonate physiological changes during parental contact. The system recorded an electrocardiogram (ECG) in real-time and analyzed the heart rate variability (HRV). Thirty healthy neonates were recruited for this study. The paired t-test was performed for statistical analysis. The HRV of a baby with and without parental hold was compared. The HF power and HF/LF ratio are significant (P<0.05). However, there is no considerable difference in LF power. In conclusion, this research has developed a system to evaluate the neonate physiological index. The system can make available the long-term monitoring and recording of neonate physiological information for parents.

Keywords:
Rooming-in Neonate Electrocardiogram (ECG) Heart rate variability (HRV)

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