Warmer Bed - This
is a bed that is below a heater to help regulate the baby's temperature. Babies who
need a lot of care and handling are placed on this, rather than in an Isolette, as it is
easier to access the baby.
- An enclosed bed for the purpose of temperature and oxygen regulation. An Isolette
generally has portholes in the sides through which the baby is cared for.
- An IV is inserted into a vein in the foot, hand or scalp. The baby receives
medicine, fluids and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) through this.
Umbilical Line -
The Umbilical Arterial Catheter (UAC) is a line that is inserted into an artery
through the belly button. Blood for tests is drawn from this line, eliminating the
heel stick. The baby's blood pressure may also be taken through this line.
- Sensors (usually 3) placed on the baby's chest transmit the heart rate and the rate of
respiration to the Cardiorespiratory Monitor.
Oxygen Saturation Monitor -
This monitors the amount of oxygen in the blood. A sensor (red light) is attached to
the baby's hand or foot.