The newborn delivery room of tomorrow: emerging and future technologies

Natalie Batey, Caroline Henry, Shalabh Garg, Michael Wagner, Atul Malhotra, Michel Valstar, Thomas Smith, Don Sharkey, the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) Neonatal Resuscitation Section Writing Group

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Abstract: Advances in neonatal care have resulted in improved outcomes for high-risk newborns with technologies playing a significant part although many were developed for the neonatal intensive care unit. The care provided in the delivery room (DR) during the first few minutes of life can impact short- and long-term neonatal outcomes. Increasingly, technologies have a critical role to play in the DR particularly with monitoring and information provision. However, the DR is a unique environment and has major challenges around the period of foetal to neonatal transition that need to be overcome when developing new technologies. This review focuses on current DR technologies as well as those just emerging and further over the horizon. We identify what key opinion leaders in DR care think of current technologies, what the important DR measures are to them, and which technologies might be useful in the future. We link these with key technologies including respiratory function monitors, electoral impedance tomography, videolaryngoscopy, augmented reality, video recording, eye tracking, artificial intelligence, and contactless monitoring. Encouraging funders and industry to address the unique technological challenges of newborn care in the DR will allow the continued improvement of outcomes of high-risk infants from the moment of birth. Impact: Technological advances for newborn delivery room care require consideration of the unique environment, the variable patient characteristics, and disease states, as well as human factor challenges.Neonatology as a speciality has embraced technology, allowing its rapid progression and improved outcomes for infants, although innovation in the delivery room often lags behind that in the intensive care unit.Investing in new and emerging technologies can support healthcare providers when optimising care and could improve training, safety, and neonatal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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