Smart Chest Belt for Better NICU Experience

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Infants in NICU suffer from skin injuries due to long-term use of adhesives in the medical electrodes. Additionally, loosely connected leads and drying contacts cause false alarms. In response to these challenges, I aim to develop a soft, e-textile chest belt integrated with textile sensors, allowing nurses to monitor ECG and respiration rate in real-time wirelessly. The envisioned wireless system creates a more accessible NICU bed, allowing a better skin-to-skin contact that would help build an early bond between baby and mother. I also aim to create a nurse-friendly user interface for better interoperability and decision-making.

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