nurse standing next to incubator in special care nursery

Caring for our tiniest patients

Premature babies receiving enhanced care thanks to donor support

Every year, close to 3,000 babies are born at Michael Garron Hospital. For some of these babies, admission to the special care nursery is vital for their wellbeing. Now thanks to donor support, premature babies can benefit from enhanced care with transcutaneous monitoring. 

Babies in the special care nursery are fragile and at risk for sudden changes in oxygenation and carbon dioxide levels. This can cause serious complications. Transcutaneous monitoring allows continuous non-invasive monitoring of a baby’s ventilation needs, resulting in lower risk of infection and higher patient satisfaction. This equipment can detect sudden changes in the respiratory status in real time and allow medical staff to intervene immediately. 

A sensor is gently applied to the baby’s chest allowing clinicians to continuously measure blood gases diffusing through the skin via a screen monitor, and providing the opportunity to act quickly if necessary. The monitor minimizes the frequency of invasive procedures, such as obtaining blood gas analysis, decreasing the amount of painful stimuli a baby receives.

This equipment is of great benefit in caring for premature babies who are already in a compromised state, and allows clinicians to customize ventilation according to each patient’s needs.

“The monitor allows us to track a baby’s respiratory status and make adjustments in real time, says Monica Ferneyhough, RN. "This particular monitor is also very user friendly for nurses, which is a bonus! We’re very grateful for this gift.”