Feature & Benefits
- Quality of care – Niche Infant Heel Warmers provide the level of care that must be given to infants. This making blood tests quick and painless experiences for babies.
- Protection – Using these Niche Infant Heel Warmers, preventing multiple pricks of infant heels which minimises potential bruising and infections, as well as cartilage damage that can be caused by the heel sticks typically used for blood draws.
- Prevents –Excessive sampling consequently decreasing the risk of anaemia in infants as an iatrogenic complication.
- Comfort – The warmers have a wrap-around design that conforms to the baby’s heel, alleviating discomfort and allowing for effortless blood sampling.
- Convenient design – Each warmer has an easy-peel adhesive that secures it to the baby’s heel, plus a simple tear-away strap to allow for hassle-free removal.
- Safe and reliable – These heel warmers are made with non-toxic sodium acetate (food grade gel).
What is a heel prick test?
The newborn blood spot test involves taking a small sample of your baby’s blood to check it for 9 rare but serious health conditions. When your baby is around 5 days old, a healthcare professional will prick your baby’s heel and collect a few drops of blood on a special card. This is sent off for testing. The heel prick may be uncomfortable and your baby may cry, but it’s all over very quickly.
The Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme screens newborn babies for 23 metabolic disorders:
- Amino acid disorders (9 disorders, including PKU and MSUD)
- Fatty acid oxidation disorders (8 disorders)
- Congenital hypothyroidism (CH)
- Cystic fibrosis (CF)
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
- Biotinidase deficiency
- Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID).
Preventing repeat samples:
Repeat samples are needed for about one in every fifty babies. Repeat samples are needed if there was too much or not enough blood collected, the sample was contaminated or took too long to reach the laboratory, or the result showed an increased risk of one of the disorders. If this happens with your baby’s sample, your Lead Maternity Carer will contact you and request another blood sample to be taken from your baby’s heel. Most repeat samples are negative. This is usually because the first sample had too much or not enough blood, was contaminated (eg, with baby powder or lotion), or took too long to reach the laboratory, and the test result was not accurate. If the baby’s metabolism is slightly delayed, this may also cause an inconclusive reading. In these cases the repeat sample will usually give a negative result.
Specification Sheet: Infant Heel Warmers Specification Sheet
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