Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2582-0931)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 6

Combining ECG and Pulse Oximetry for Newborn Cardiovascular Screening

Rene Gonzalez-Fernandez1*, Luis Reyes-Morales1, Alejandro Torres-Fortuny2 and Jose L Hernandez-Caceres3

1Department of Medical Electronic, Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Cuba
2Department of Clinical Medicine, Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Cuba
3Department of Neuroinformatics, Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Cuba

*Corresponding Author: Rene Gonzalez-Fernandez, Department of Medical Electronic, Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Cuba.

Received: February 27, 2020; Published: May 12, 2020



 The aim of this paper is to present the main features of a new approach to cardiovascular screening in newborns. The proposed system is made up of the Recorder and the Analyzer. The former is a medical device able to acquire two channels of pulse oximetry data and lead II from the standard ECG simultaneously; allowing the combined study of these variables with a minimum amount of electrodes connected to the patient's skin. Data transmission to the Analyzer is supported by the Bluetooth standard. The Analyzer is an Android application run in a mobile device to analyze several ECG and plethysmography parameters that allows newborn´s classification as cardiovascular “healthy” and “no healthy”. QRS complexes are detected as the first step to study the cardiac rhythm looking for arrhythmia events. QT interval duration is measured to check if the studied newborn is prone to sudden death. Pulse oximetry values are measure in finger and leg to detect dangerous differences. PWTT index computation offers an indirect estimation of cardiac output; this index is inversely proportional to the cardiac output. A prototype was developed and tested at laboratory level. Results indicate that the developed device is safe according to the IEC 60601-1 standard, and sensitivity in QRS complex detection was 99.36%, enough for the intended use of the proposed system.

Keywords: Cardiovascular Screening in Newborns; Sudden Death; QRS Complex Detection; Ventricular Arrhythmias in Newborns; Long QT Interval; Classification of QRS Complexes; Oxygen Saturation in Newborns



Citation: Rene Gonzalez-Fernandez., et al. “Combining ECG and Pulse Oximetry for Newborn Cardiovascular Screening". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.6 (2020): 49-54.


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