Objective: To show the utility of a new temperature monitoring device for hypothermia in neonates in the clinical and home settings in India.
Study Design: Quantitative and Qualitative user feedback gathered from doctors and parents on device accuracy and acceptability.
Setting: 27 NICUs and 16 homes in India.
Subjects: 27 doctors, 24 families, and 93 neonates.
Intervention: The subjects were given a hypothermia monitoring and alert device – the Bempu Bracelet – during their critical neonatal development to monitor hypothermia
Outcome Measures: Hypothermia cases measured by alarms in the clinic and home setting; doctor satisfaction measured by feedback; and parent compliance measured by feedback.
Results: In the Doctor Feedback Study, 67% of doctors used the device in their clinics or prescribed for home use to parents; 89% of doctors who used the device observed at least one case of hypothermia in the home or clinical setting; 89% of doctors who used the device recommend it to be used in their practice. In the Parent Feedback Study, 86% of families used this device in the NICU or postnatal wards and 84% of families continued use of the device in their home. 100% of the mothers who used the device used corrective care when the alarm sounded – care included kangaroo mother care, swaddling, and seeking medical intervention.
Conclusions: Temperature monitoring devices for newborns are found to be useful in clinical and home settings. The Bempu Hypothermia Alert Device is simple to use and recommended by doctors and parents.
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