Infant warmers are heated open beds that maintain an newborn’s temperature in the ICU. They connect to a temperature monitor on the baby and adjust to maintain a specific temperature. They are necessary because newborns have a relatively high amount of surface area compared to their overall body size and can lose heat quickly, especially when unclothed, which happens often in the ICU due to the number of lines and tubes they have and the need for medical staff to see their breathing patterns and skin integrity on a continuous basis. These beds often have other features including the ability to weigh the children or trays for x-ray film so that there is minimal disruption to the baby during the frequent interventions that happen regularly in the ICU.
“On March 6, 2013, Rev It Up For SickKids proudly announced a $500,000.00 commitment to The Hospital For Sick Children. The announcement was made at the 2013 launch event “A Night In Red”, held at Forget About It Supper Club in downtown Toronto.
These funds will be used to purchase NIRS equipment (Near Infrared Spectroscopy Technology), used to monitor oxygen levels, and to assess heart’s ability to distribute oxygen throughout a child’s body. The machines represent leading edge technology, and will go a long way to help the treatment of patients with heart ailments at SickKids.