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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;2009:7095-8. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5332906.

Development of an apnea detector for neonates using diaphragmatic surface electromyography.

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Research group GIBEC, Biomedical Engineering, EIA and CES University, MedellĂ­n, Colombia.


Respiratory diseases are among the most important and serious conditions that can affect the newborn baby. A cessation of breathing, longer than 15 seconds, or accompanied by hypoxia or bradycardia, is called apnea of prematurity (AOP) and has been found in more than 50% of premature infants. An apnea detector used in infant monitoring has been designed and constructed and is intended to be applied in a clinical environment. Diaphragmatic surface EMG has been used as the technique for detecting apnea episodes due to a direct relation with the respiratory drive. Both obstructive and central apnea can be determined as well as heart rate. Good performance and feasibility have been shown by the prototype.

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