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Title Computerised audiovisual event recording for infant apnoea and bradycardia
Author(s) Brouillette RT, Tsirigotis D, Leimanis A, Cote A, Morielli A
Source Med Biol Eng Comput, Vol. 38, No. 5, Pages 477-482
Publication Date Sept. 2000
Abstract Event recording, by differentiating between true and false events, has advanced the diagnosis and management of infants on home cardiorespiratory monitors; however, the pathogenesis of many events remains obscure. To clarify infant behaviours around the time of apnoea/bradycardia alarms, a computerised audiovisual event recording system (CAVERS) triggered by the apnoea/bradycardia recorder, has been developed. The audiovisual recording can begin up to 3 min before the alarm and can continue for up to 3 min after the alarm. CAVERS information is recorded for a total of 65 events in 13 infants. The CAVERS proves most helpful in documenting infant position and the wide variety of behaviours associated with bradycardic events. These behaviours range from sleep or quiet wakefulness to crying and generalised movements. Post-event activity is also highly variable. Interestingly, 20 of 65 events appear to terminate when the infant wakes to the audible monitor alarm. Nursing intervention is documented for 14 of 42 bradycardic events but only one of 23 apnoeic events. The CAVERS, by elucidating infant behaviours, provides information complementary to that given by cardiorespiratory event recording. It is suggested that infant monitors of the future should incorporate both audiovisual and cardiorespiratory data to elucidate optimally apparent life-threatening events, apnoeas and bradycardias.


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