Micro-monitoring device could save lives of critically ill patients and premature babies

Researchers at Flinders University are developing a new micro monitoring device that could help save the lives of critically ill patients, including premature babies.

Created from optical fibres, similar to those used in the telecommunications industry, researchers have developed a prototype sensor that can provide real time information on a patient’s blood flow while in intensive care or during surgery.

The tiny device is minimally invasive and is suitable for use on pre-term babies right through to adult patients undergoing open heart surgery.

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