Womb-like incubator for premature infant care to be introduced in UAE hospitals

 

Womb-like incubator for premature infant care to be introduced in UAE hospitals

It will minimise life-long impacts of severe infant prematurity worldwide.

By Staff reporter

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Published: Wed 30 Jan 2019, 1:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 30 Jan 2019, 7:57 PM

A womb like incubator that could greatly minimize the lifelong impacts of severe infant prematurity in infants has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).
The incubator has been launched in cooperation with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr Youssef Mohammed Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Hospitals Sector said that the device was important for the care of premature infants.  
Dr Kuthum Al Bloushi, Head of the Hospitals Department explained that the incubator is a unique milestone in minimising lifelong impacts of severe infant prematurity worldwide.  Tests showed that the womb-like device supported gestation for as long as 28 days, as fetuses grew normally, preventing the lung or brain damage that is common in severely premature infants. 
Madeline Bell, President and CEO, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said: "It is our spirit of shared innovation with partners such as the UAE that ensures every child is given the best treatment options available. We are committed to provide new and innovative solutions, by fast-tracking discoveries that may one day prevent the lifelong challenges the tiniest babies face when born prematurely."
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