Neonatologist Dr. Oliver Gӧtz suggests it may be wise to monitor a specific, larger, more stable group of patients while your team learns the ins and outs of the technology and device. In this webinar, Dr. Götz urges practitioners to consider beginning with 27-32 week GA preterms who are intubated but relatively stable, for instance.
Because these patients generally have good perfusion, you can expect that their correlation will be strong. These infants are large enough that site selection is likely to be less challenging and mature enough that their incubators are less humid, resulting in better adhesion of attachment rings.
These infants, though less fragile, still benefit from optimized ventilation, fewer blood draws, and neuroprotective, low-stimulation care, and your team can take some time to get used to utilizing the technology while caring for these patients. This is the right time to gather information about which site placements, workflows, and other best practices work for your team.