Monitoring Infant Skin Temperatures for Research - Sponsored Whitepaper

Monitoring Infant Skin Temperatures for Research
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Grant SQ2010 Portable Universal Input Data Logger

CHESTERLAND OH—August 8, 2011

CAS DataLoggers recently provided a data logging solution for Stanford University’s Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology Division, initiating a research project to acquire data on infant skin temperatures for continuous patient monitoring. Surface temperature sensors connected to portable data loggers were recognized as the most effective means for measuring and recording all of the minute changes in temperature. These changes occurred over both short and very long time periods at locations on the body which were often difficult to measure. A normal body temperature for a healthy baby was considered as being between 97° and 100.4° Fahrenheit (36° to 38° degrees Celsius). Anything above this range could indicate a fever, serious infection, or disease, so the researchers needed extremely accurate skin temperature sensors. After looking as several different options, thermistors, which provide a larger change in output signal for a given temperature change than other sensor types, were the mandated choice for the project. Temperature readings would need to be constantly monitored on a portable, compact device capable of being programmed with customizable alarm thresholds and offering convenient data management…all while staying within the departmental budget.
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