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Low-power system for the acquisition of the respiratory signal of neonates using diaphragmatic electromyography

Authors Torres R, López-Isaza S, Mejía-Mejía E, Paniagua V, González V

Received 22 October 2016

Accepted for publication 23 December 2016

Published 22 February 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 47—52

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S125425

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Róbinson Torres,1,2 Sergio López-Isaza,1,2 Elisa Mejía-Mejía,1,2 Viviana Paniagua,1,2 Víctor González3

1Biomedical Engineering Department, Universidad EIA, Envigado, 2Biomedical Engineering Department, Universidad CES, 3Neonathology Department, Hospital General de Medellín Luz Castro de Gutiérrez, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Introduction: An apnea episode is defined as the cessation of breathing for ≥15 seconds or as any suspension of breathing accompanied by hypoxia and bradycardia. Obtaining information about the respiratory system in a neonate can be accomplished using electromyography signals from the diaphragm muscle.
Objective: The purpose of this paper is to illustrate a method by which the respiratory and electrocardiographic signals from neonates can be obtained using diaphragmatic electromyography.
Materials and methods: The system was developed using single-supply, micropower components, which deliver a low-power consumption system appropriate for the development of portable devices. The stages of the system were tested in both adult and neonate patients.
Results: The system delivers signals as those expected in both patients and allows the acquisition of respiratory signals directly from the diaphragmatic electromyography.
Conclusion: This low-power system may present a good alternative for monitoring the cardiac and respiratory activity in newborn babies, both in the hospital and at home.
Significance: The system delivers good signals but needs to be validated for its use in neonates. It is being used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital General de Medellín Luz Castro de Gutiérrez.

Keywords: apnea, diaphragm, electromyography, neonates, respiratory signal

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