NeoBeat Newborn Heart Rate Meter
Laerdal Medical AS
A reusable neonatal ECG heart rate meter.
NeoBeat is a reusable, consumable-free heart rate meter that provides an accurate and continuous display of newborn heart rate. The device takes seconds to put on a newborn’s abdomen, and the instantaneous heart rate can help guide neonatal resuscitation.
This product was selected for inclusion in WHO’s 2021 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low‐Resource Settings.
Traditional ECG adhesive electrodes, stethoscope, or umbilical cord palpation.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
The target users for this product are midwives working in hospitals in low-resource settings.
NeoBeat is manufactured in Norway.
Patented: WO 2014/048807 A2
The product can be purchased directly from the manufacturer.
Between 101-1000 distributions as of October 2020.
LEDs, audio alarm w/dB level, etc.
temperature, oxygen saturation, HR, etc.
The device uses dry stainless steel electrodes (recommended by ILCOR 2015 guidelines) embedded in a spring-elastic buckle to read ECG signals from newborns. To use the device, remove it from the charging stand, spread the electrode arms slightly, and apply over the newborn’s chest. After ~5 seconds, the device will display the newborn’s ECG heart rate. The product includes a rechargeable battery, signals processor, and LED-display, and weighs 0.031 kg.
Provided by the manufacturer.
Replacement components are available separately through the manufacturer.
The device has a lifetime of 2-5 years, and a 1-year warranty is provided with purchase. The battery has a lifetime of 3-6 years.
The manufacturer specifies that the device is easy to use and maintain, accurate, affordable, and durable.
Neonate was tested for usability in Norway, India, Tanzania, and the UK with gynecologists, pediatricians, midwives, and pediatric nurses. Testing by University Hospital in Norway found that the device conforms with IEC 62366 and CE-marking.
Testing was performed by the manufacturer; University Hospital, Norway; and TüV SÜD Product Service GmbH, Germany.
This device should only be used by trained professionals. Additionally, the device should be disinfected with 70% ethanol between uses.
Electricity to recharge batteries
Bush J.B., Cooley V., Perlman J., Chang C., 2021, NeoBeat offers rapid newborn heart rate assessment. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-
Lee A., et al., 2013, Intrapartum-related neonatal encephalopathy incidence and impairment at regional and global levels for 2010 with trends from 1990. Pediatric Research, Vol. 74(s1).
Linde J., et al., 2016, Normal Newborn Heart Rate in the First Five Munites of Life Assessed by Dry-Electrode Electrocardiography. Neonatology, Vol. 110(3), pp. 231-237.
This device complies with the following standards: IEC 60601-1, IEC 60601-1-6, IEC 62304, IEC 62366-1, and ISO 10993, and is CE-marked.
This product has been evaluated for usability in studies in Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda, and DR Congo and is part of the Safer Births research program.
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