New GE Giraffe Shuttle Eases Babies' Journeys Within Hospital
The Giraffe Shuttle, combined with the bed, helps weak babies focus their energy on healing and growing instead of on managing the stress of exposure to cold temperatures and excessive handling.
"Globally, 60 percent of babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have low body temperature," said Carrie Eglinton Manner, general manager of Maternal Infant Care for GE Healthcare. "Studies show that every one-degree Celsius drop in baby's body temperature increases the likelihood of death by 10 percent. It's clearly crucial to do everything possible to prevent heat loss."
The combined unit helps reduce the potential for clinical problems that can result from interrupted patient thermoregulation, patient nuisance touch, handling and movement all of which may challenge physiological stability when moving babies to and from a transport incubator.
"In their first minutes of life, sick babies are transferred from Labor & Delivery warmers to transport incubators for the trip to the NICU. Then they're moved into the warmers or incubators that will serve as their homes in the hospital," said Karen Starr, MIC clinical marketing manager and neonatal nurse practitioner, GE Healthcare. "That means disrupting their environment a minimum of two times. For some, this may be just the beginning, as they may be transported to surgery or radiology for various procedures, undergoing additional transfers there and then enduring the reverse process to make the trip back to the NICU."
With the Giraffe Shuttle, Labor & Delivery staff can place fragile newborn babies directly into the optimized environment of Giraffe or Panda beds for transport to and from the NICU, as well as to other departments like radiology and operating rooms. This helps provide proper thermal regulation every step of the way, right up until they are released from the hospital to go home with their families.
Recharging in just two hours, the Giraffe Shuttle provides up to 45 minutes of electrical power. It also can accommodate accessories and auxiliary equipment such as life support monitors, ventilators and infusion pumps that may be needed during intra-hospital transport.
The Giraffe Shuttle with the Giraffe and Panda beds as well as other GE products will be on display at several upcoming trade shows and conferences for hands-on demonstration including: the Neonatal Nurses Conference, September 13 - 15 in Savannah, GA; the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, September 19-22 in Las Vegas, NV; and the Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, September 25-29, 2010 in Las Vegas.
Source: GE Healthcare
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