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J Perinat Med. 2013 Sep 1;41(5):613-20. doi: 10.1515/jpm-2012-0239.

Infrared thermography for detailed registration of thermoregulation in premature infants.

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  • 1Department of Neonatology, University Children's Hospital, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. kheimann@ukaachen.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate skin temperature by using different positions with non-contact infrared thermography (IRT) in multiple body areas of preterm infants for detailed information about temperature regulation and distribution.

METHODS:

The temperature of ten premature infants (median: 27 weeks; age 36 days; weight 1322 g) was determined via IRT (leg, back, arm, head, upper abdomen; diameter 1 cm, scale 0.00°C), and comparison was made with two conventional sensors. There were measurements of 10 min each: first incubator phase (I1), standardized skin-to-skin care (SSC) at the beginning (SSC1), after 90 min (SSC2), and then there was a second incubator phase (I2).

RESULTS:

From I1 to SSC1, patients cooled down (max. 0.62°C; both methods). From SSC1 to SSC2 temperature on central areas (abdomen, back) was maintained but rose distinctively on the head and leg (P<0.05). In the incubator (I2), temperature niveau in all IRT-areas was significantly lower than before SSC.

CONCLUSION:

Via IRT, it is possible to detect fluctuations in temperature of premature infants. The cooling in I2 after SSC should be taken into account before routine daily care.

PMID:
23443261
DOI:
10.1515/jpm-2012-0239
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