neonatal respiratory flow sensor

The Future of Neonatal Monitoring

The Y-Piece Flow Sensor is a component in ventilator units for neonatal babies in critical care. Neonatal refers to nursing care for newborn infants up to 28 days after birth.

They are used to measure air flow rates, which must be at a constant and consistent pressure and speed in order to avoid complications in the monitored baby’s breathing.

The flow sensor contains two ultra fine sensor wires which sit across the flow path, which are fixed at a consistent height, so that a difference in temperature can be measured between wires regardless of the direction of air flow, ensuring that professionals caring for babies in critical condition can monitor their condition effectively.

Patented combination neonatal respiratory flow sensor, integrating a sidestream CO2 sampling port.

The Solution

  • Reduced weight and size
  • Reduced connector count
  • Reduced potential for connection error
  • Reduced net purchase cost

A notable advantage of the flow sensors developed by Europlaz is that they minimise “dead space” – a term which refers to the space in a breathing apparatus which is not used for exchanging necessary gases.

If the volume of gas in this space is too high, it can mean that a device is not delivering the intended gases to a patient, potentially creating difficulties.

These flow sensors come in two varieties – single-use and reusable, sterilisable sensors. The reusable model is made from polysulfone, a rigid and high-strength thermoplastic. It is convenient for caregivers since it is easy to calibrate and use with ventilators, has a high accuracy of flow measurement—giving precise information where it is required most, and can be sterilised for reuse.


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