Bond between family and newborn strengthened with IP cameras.
Olomouc University Hospital use Axis cameras in incubators for observation of premature and ill newborns
“The system using the Axis camera in the NetRex platform has clearly been received positively by the families. Mothers and other relatives who meet for ‘incubator streaming’ appreciate very much that they can monitor the child’s development each day with their own eyes, which further strengthens their bond.” Dr Lumír Kantor, Ph.D., chief physician at the hospital’s newborn department.
The newborn department of Olomouc University Hospital is equipped with 12 incubators, which are used to care for premature and ill newborns. Current medical research has shown that emotional bonds are crucial for the successful development and recovery of a child. Therefore, the chief physician of the department looked for a way to ensure a video link between the mother and the newborn using a camera installed in the incubator. The technical solution had to fulfil the demanding requirements related to the weight of the camera, easy operation and mainly work in conditions with bad lighting at the department.
Following successful test operation, AXIS P1214-E cameras were installed in all 12 incubators and connected via a platform for hosting video from NetRex. The cameras are easy to operate and provide an excellent view even in dim light. Each incubator is maintained in the system as a unique guest with secured access for the child’s family. The family can view the child in an intuitive web interface on a tablet or computer or using the NetRex Mobile smartphone application at times agreed upon with medical staff. A recording is not produced, in order to protect privacy.
Olomouc University Hospital is the first hospital in the Czech Republic to enable this type of direct connection between a child in an incubator and the child’s closest relatives, even in a situation when a personal visit would not be possible. The further development of this service is expected soon, and thanks to tablets and the NetRex smartphone application, children will be able to be viewed even by mothers who themselves are hospitalized at the intensive care unit. The cameras will also be used for medical analysis and for improving care.