The Indian Institute of Science has invented a wearable temperature sensing device is designed for remote and real-time monitoring of infants for the first few weeks after their birth. It can accurately sense the onset of hypothermia.
Hypothermia is considered as one of the important factors for neonatal mortality and morbidity in rural resource constrained settings. Conventionally, adhesive medical tapes are used to monitor the body temperature of neonates in ICU. Removal of these tapes causes skin irritation, abrasion and damage. Also, research suggests increase in microbial growth under temperature probe. Continuous monitoring of temperature using conventional means possess risk of damage to internal organs. There is requirement of a non-invasive temperature monitoring method for neonates.
The device that IISc has invented is “safe, non-invasive and baby-friendly”. It can sense temperature with 0.1 per cent accuracy, is easily sterilizable and reusable.
IISc offers this technology to the industry for licensing.
Those interested could contact:
Mr. Venkat Rama Rao Adhikari
Technology Licensing Manager
Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing