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Wireless Central Apnea Response System for Neonatal Intensive Care

[+] Author Affiliations
Jonathan M. Hill, Ronald S. Adrezin

CT Community Colleges’ College of Technology, Hartford, CT; University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

Leonard Eisenfeld

CT Community Colleges’ College of Technology; Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT

Paper No. BioMed2008-38105, pp. 39-40; 2 pages
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 18–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4833-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3823-4
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


An apnea event is defined as the cessation of breathing for 10 to 20 seconds, generally accompanied by bradycardia (decrease in heart rate), cyanosis, or both. Unlike apnea in adults, which is usually caused by an obstruction in the airway, central apnea events appear in premature babies because the autonomic nervous system is not yet fully developed.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Nervous system



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