A steady supply of electricity can be difficult to maintain in transit, maintaining a safe temperature in premature infants who are lacking the ability to maintain their own temperature, must be provided warmth for them to survive. The Embrace Warmer is a low-cost solution that maintains the body temperature of premature and low-birth-weight babies at the desired level even with intermittent access to electricity. The Embrace Warmer can also be used for transporting hypothermic new-borns.
Preterm and low birth weight infants
Preterm and low birth weight infants are susceptible to heat loss, especially in the critical time period following delivery. Preterm infants are especially susceptible to cold due to decreased fat stores, high surface area to body weight ratio, and immature epidermal barrier. The large body surface area in relation to weight and the relative lack of subcutaneous fat make preterm infants at risk for hypothermia (body temperature below 36.5°C), especially in the first few hours after birth.
Transport of premature and low birth weight babies
Neonatal transfers are not uncommon. About ten per cent of babies born needing neonatal care in 2014 needed to be moved at least once from one unit to another. Most babies will be moved to a neonatal unit within the same network, but some will be transferred to a unit in a different network altogether. Seriously ill and very preterm infants who have to be transported to a regional or national centre for treatment and/or intensive care, need well planned transport with appropriate equipment, well trained personnel and a vehicle that fulfils all requirements for the transport of a new born infant in an incubator.
Before transportation, the condition of the infant should be stabilized so that the gas exchange and oxygenation are adequate and the body temperature normal (36.0 – 37.0 °C). Large drops in temperature put the infant at risk of developing hypothermia and increasing illness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the material used in BabyWrap?
We have only used the highest quality materials in our product to ensure safety, ease of use, and durability. The material we have used for the inner lining of the BabyWrap is a fluid-proof, anti-microbial material that doesn’t require gas or ETO sterilization. You can use spirits or alcohol to easily wipe it down and you can hand or machine wash in between uses across babies (same as what you do for hospital sheets that are washed). Since the material is fluid-proof, no bacteria can be caught in the material even if the baby soils it – it will wipe off and wash away easily. The material is also biocompatible and is the same exact material used in hospital beds in the US.
Is the BabyWrap washable?
Yes, the BabyWrap is fully washable and should be washed in between use across different babies. The material we have used for the inner lining of the BabyWrap is a fluid-proof, anti-microbial material that doesn’t require gas or ETO sterilization. You can use spirits or alcohol to easily wipe it down and you can hand or machine wash in between uses across babies (same as what you do for hospital sheets that are washed). Since the material is fluid-proof, no bacteria can be caught in the material even if the baby soils it – it will wipe off and wash away easily. The material is also biocompatible and is the same exact material used in hospital beds in the US.
Do we have to sterilize the BabyWrap?
The material we have used for the inner lining of the BabyWrap is a fluid-proof, anti-microbial material that doesn’t require gas or ETO sterilization. You can use spirits or alcohol to easily wipe it down and you can hand or machine wash in between uses across babies (same as what you do for hospital sheets that are washed). Since the material is fluid-proof, no bacteria can be caught in the material even if the baby soils it – it will wipe off and wash away easily. The material is also biocompatible and is the same exact material used in hospital beds in the US.
How often do we have to clean or wash the BabyWrap?
You can wipe down the inner lining of the BabyWrap with spirit or alcohol periodically – whenever you change the WarmPak or whenever the baby soils it. Whenever you use the BabyWrap on a different baby you should wash the BabyWrap with detergent (either hand or machine wash – whatever you currently do for other hospital linens).
How long does it take to dry the BabyWrap?
It depends on the conditions, but we’ve observed about 4-6 hours after a soaked handwash.
Can we use it for all babies?
We recommend it for use on clinically stable LBW babies from 1.5 – 2.5kgs as the clinical study was performed on such babies. However, other doctors are using our products for babies they believe can benefit from the thermal support is provides.
Whats the length of the BabyWrap?
From the top seam to the bottom, the total length is 51.5 cm.
How do we check Temperature Indicator?
After the WarmPak is heated in the Heater, you will see a rainbow line in the “OK” region. After several hours, once the temperature of the WarmPak has fallen below the operating range, the rainbow bar will have slowly fallen into the “TOO COLD” region. Nurses should check the indicator frequently to monitor the status and once it is in the “TOO COLD” region, the WarmPak should be re-heated or replaced with a pre-heated WarmPak.
Is it safe to use the BabyWrap with multiple babies?
Yes, the BabyWrap is fully re-usable and can be used with multiple babies, provided that the BabyWrap is washed in between uses across different babies.
Is it safe if the WarmPak leaks?
Yes, the PCM is completely non-toxic and will not cause any harm if it comes in contact with skin. If this occurs, simply wash away with water and soap. The water layer is simply drinking water and will also not cause any harm. Also, the WarmPak has been designed and manufactured with high quality materials and advanced sealing processes such that the occurrence of leaking is very low [drop WarmPak, fold it, poke it to demonstrate strength].
How long will the WarmPak maintain the correct temperature?
The WarmPak will maintain the correct temperature (the rainbow bar on the Temperature Indicator will be in the “OK” region) for over four hours, when ambient temperature is 25°C. At lower ambient temperatures it may not last as long so we encourage you to frequently monitor the Temperature Indicator. Also, if you place the BabyWrap with WarmPak on an insulated surface (such as a bed) you can help it last longer than if you put it on a hard, cold surface (cold, metal table).
What is the material used inside the WarmPak?
The wax is a specially-engineered Phase Change Material (PCM). This has been specifically engineered to maintain 37°C and maintain that temperature for several hours. It is a non-toxic, organic wax. The top layer is simply filtered water.
How do we know that when the WarmPak has to be replaced? What is the guarantee period?
We give a one year guarantee period on the WarmPak.
What is the power consumption of the Heater?
During the heating cycle (30 minutes) the Heater uses an average of 100W, with a peak consumption of 550W (important when using inverters). During ready mode the Heater uses an average of only 10W (less than a light bulb).
What is ready mode?
We have designed a feature called “Ready mode” for your convenience. When you first heat a WarmPak, it will take 30 minutes to heat it. After that, however, you can leave the Heater ON and the Green indicator will remain lit. This means that the Heater is not shut off, but is actually keeping the WarmPak warm, so it is ready to use whenever you are ready to use it. Even if you leave it on for days, whenever you open the lid, the WarmPak will be fully charged. Also, it only uses 10W in Ready mode (less than a light bulb) so it can be left on continuously so you always have a WarmPak ready to use and don’t need to wait. The green indicator will let you know that the Heater is in Ready mode. If you push the button or open the lid after Heating is complete, the Heater will NOT be in Ready mode.
What if the WarmPak’s temperature goes over 37°C? Is there a way to control it?
Our Heater has been specially designed for the WarmPak and has sensors and a microcontroller to ensure that it never overheats the WarmPak. As long as you use our Heater, the WarmPak will never overheat. In addition, the Temperature Indicator on the WarmPak itself will show you the temperature of the WarmPak, so if by any chance, the WarmPak is overheated, the Temperature Indicator will let you know.
Can we use the Heater with an inverter or UPS?
Yes, but as the peak wattage is 550W, please ensure that your inverter or UPS is rated appropriately.
How much can we charge per day?
We have observed other hospitals charging around Rs. 100 – Rs. 400 per day, but you can charge as per your discretion and as per the patient’s ability to pay.
What do the lights on the Heater indicate?
The top blue light indicates that the Heater is plugged in and the mains is on. Once you push the button to start the heating cycle, the yellow light on the left indicates that the Heater is in the process of heating the WarmPak. The green light on the right indicates that the heating cycle is complete and the WarmPak is ready to use. This is also known as “Ready mode” and the Heater can be left in this state. The Heater will continuously keep the WarmPak fully charged so whenever you open it (even days later), the WarmPak will be ready to use.
Can we use the WarmPak without the BabyWrap to place the baby?
The WarmPak is designed to be used with the BabyWrap only.
What if we heat the WarmPak for only 15-20 minutes and want to use it?
Since we have designed the “Ready mode” into the Heater, this should not be an issue as you can always have a WarmPak ready.
However, you should always refer to the Temperature Indicator on the WarmPak to determine if the WarmPak is okay to use.
Can we use the BabyWrap with an x-ray machine?
No, since there is a metal zipper on the BabyWrap. However, you can use the WarmPak with a cloth over it if you think the baby should be kept warm during the x-ray.
Is it safe to touch the heating plate?
Please do not open the Heater during the heating cycle to avoid touching the plate while it is hot. Any time the lid is opened, the electricity is automatically shut off to ensure that it is impossible to be shocked by the heater.
How can I observe / monitor the baby?
There is a observation window on the BabyWrap which will help you to monitor chest movements and breathing.
Who else is using it?
We currently have our product being used in over 250 hospitals and clinics throughout India. Our International sales span to over 30 countries.