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Detects apnea and auto-stimulates the foot to restart breathing


the problem


Preterm newborns under 34 weeks of gestational age are at risk of apneas, or a cessation of breathing. If not resolved immediately, apneas can lead to irreversible injury or death.

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The Solution


The BEMPU ApneBoot detects bradychardia and desaturation in a baby, sounds an alarm and automatically gives a tactile stimulation on the foot to resolve central apneas before prolonged hypoxia can cause injury.

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Using pulse oximetry and an auto-stimulation mechanism, ApneBoot is a foot worn device to detect and resolve apneas. It “flicks” and vibrates the foot sole of the newborn stimulating the nervous system to restart breathing in the event of an apnea. The device also creates an audio-visual alarm to get the caretaker’s attention. It empowers nurses and mothers to rapidly intervene before any injury can occur.




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