An infant or baby warmer is a device to regulate the body temperature of premature or low-birth-weight infants, which is likely to provide premature infants a good chance at survival. A two weeks premature newborn is unable to regulate its own body temperature. .
Managing infant temperature is a major challenge in neonatal care for both healthy and infants who are at high-risk in the special or intensive care nursery. Thermal homeostasis is important for the survival of these infants. Changes in thermal stability can cause adverse physiologic effects, which include metabolic acidosis, higher oxygen consumption, and hypoglycemia. Temperature measurements are central to the capability to correctly observe the infant’s thermal condition, as exact observation of thermal status needs estimation of core temperature. Infant temperature is generally measured based on skin temperature, core temperature, and skin-environmental temperature gradients (i.e., heat flows rate from the body). In infants, skin temperature is used as the major technique to observe the core temperature non-invasively.
Thus, placement of skin temperature sensing device, whether for servo control incubator process or continuous observation of skin temperature, is a basic component of neonatal care. In both the very low birth weight (VLBW) and larger premature or term infant, the location of the device relative to the heat source and other physical factors are likely to disturb the accuracy of temperature measurement. Use of a single, undisturbed device site is estimated to be advantageous from the standpoint of skin integrity.
In a survey carried out by the Pacific Northwest Association of Neonatal Nurses (PNANN) Research Committee, the nurses suggested a strong preference for placement of the temperature device on the abdomen, over the liver, and on the side for supine body positions and prevention of extremities and over the ribs. Responses in the PNANN survey further supported the belief that infants should not be found lying on the device, however, the responses varied based on the type of heating device.
Increasing incidence of premature births or low-birth-weight infants leading to requirement for maximum neonatal and fetal care, has propelled the baby warmer device market of. Moreover, other factors such as technical improvements in the design of devices, and increasing awareness about them in emerging countries are driving the global baby warmer device market. However, risk and complications associated with baby warmer devices is a major restraint for the expansion of the market. Furthermore, entry barriers affecting new entrants and reduced healthcare reforms and reimbursement are hampering the expansion of the market in developed countries.
The global baby warmer device market can be classified on the basis of type of warmer devices, end user, and geographical region. On the basis of type of baby warmer devices, as the market can be segmented into portables, stand alone, convertible, and others. In terms of end user, the market can be segmented into hospital, child care center, nursing center, and home care. In terms of geography, the baby warmer device market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
Major players operating in the global baby warmer device market include AVI Healthcare, Datex Ohmeda Ltd., GE Healthcare, Drägerwerk AG, Ibis Medical Equipment & Systems Pvt. Ltd., Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited, International Biomedical, Natus Medical Incorporated, Smiths Medical, Koninklijke Philips N.V., and Phoenix Medical Systems Pvt. Ltd. among others.
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