Physiological monitoring in the ventilated neonate: A rationale

P. Rolfe, F. Scopesi, J. W. Sun, G. Serra

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This paper concerns physiological monitoring of newborn babies needing mechanical ventilation for respiratory distress. Technologies for monitoring and ventilation continue to evolve and choices must be made based on technical and clinical performance as well as on safety and cost. We describe a preliminary approach for the rationalisation of technology selection, with emphasis on sensors and instruments used for measurement. The most important variables to be measured are blood gases and pH, blood pressure and heart rate, compliance, airways resistance, work of breathing, and the ventilator control variables based on flow and pressure. We then describe the use of a decision tree approach to technology selection, with the aim of providing a tool for use in different clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFMBE Proceedings
Number of pages4
Volume19 IFMBE
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event7th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: Apr 22 2008Apr 25 2008


Other7th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, APCMBE 2008


  • blood gas and pH
  • decision trees
  • mechanical ventilation
  • Neonatal monitoring
  • sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering


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