A neonatal incubator is a rigid box-like enclosure in which an infant can be kept in a controlled environment for observation and care. The device may include a heater, a fan, a container for water to add humidity, a control valve through which oxygen may be added, and access ports for nursing care.
Infant and transport incubators provide warmth to help an infant, especially the premature babies, maintain a normal body temperature essentially for the infant’s survival. Most incubators warm the infant by a forced or natural flow of heated air. Research shows that thermostat failure that can cause incubator overheating and infant hyperthermia, malfunctions or design defects that can produce fires and electrical shock hazards. Rough handling and ignorance of its safety design especially in the electrical aspect can produce a hazard. After realizing the vital role of safety in life-supporting infant incubators, the International Electrotechnical Commission had set generally accepted minimum requirements to ensure efficacy and safety of this device. The particular standard for basic safety & essential performance of infant incubator is IEC 60601-2-19.
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