Respiration Monitor Using Accelerometer Chest Wall Signal for Neonatal High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV)

Brief Description:

This technology is designed to measure and monitor the acceleration of the chest wall in low birth weight infants to provide accurate changes in chest wall displacement that can be used to reduce or prevent neurologic injury.



This technology can be used in a clinical setting to provide an accurate real-time measurement of ventilation in infants. The sensitivity of the monitor to high frequency oscillations allows the detection of chest wall displacement changes in an infant before changes in CO2 in the blood occur, allowing clinicians to minimize or prevent hypocarbia, hypercarbia and the central nervous system morbidity that is associated with these conditions.



Current methods of assessing ventilation in infants require visual inspection by medical staff. The monitor will measure and trigger an alarm if necessary, eliminating the need for a medical staff member to be present. In addition, the monitor may provide more accurate measurements in chest wall fluctuations than those produced by visual inspection (a clinical observation study has been designed to validate this claim). In doing so, it would alert the medical team quickly of an impairment of neonatal respiration faster and more accurately than the current method of visual inspection. The device will be able to be used for a range of ages and different sized infants and will be economically viable.

URV Reference Number: 2-11149-09036
Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
John Fahnervihtelic
Senior Licensing Manager
University of Rochester
Benjamin Horowitz
Robert Handzel
Megan Mekarski
William Sipprell