When patients with fragile skin require pulse oximetry monitoring, choosing an appropriate sensor can be a challenge. Adhesive sensors can cause skin trauma, and reusable sensors have drawbacks for long-term monitoring.
We offer a convenient solution. The Nellcor™ nonadhesive sensors are made of a soft, pliable, low-profile foam material that gives it "stiction" to help keep the sensor in place without adhesives.
The sensors fasten easily with a small hook and loop strap. Nellcor™ nonadhesive sensors are ideal for patients with special skin needs. When patients have compromised skin integrity, clinicians can use the sensor with the soft touch.
The concerns about using adhesives in NICU patients have been well documented in recent years. A research project conducted by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) found that adhesives were the primary cause of skin breakdown among NICU patients.([FOOTNOTE=Lund CH, Osborne JW, Kuller J, Lane AT, Lott JW, Raines DA. Neonatal skin care: clinical outcomes of the AWHONN/NANN evidence-based clinical practice guideline. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2001;30(1):41-51.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) Pulse oximetry sensors were cited as one of the therapeutic interventions that can potentially cause skin injury.
As a result of the research, a neonatal skin care clinical practice guideline developed by AWHONN/NANN advocates minimizing the use of adhesives as much as possible. To help with this goal, we developed the Nellcor™ SpO2 nonadhesive sensor for neonatal patients. The nonadhesive sensor gives clinicians a convenient alternative to adhesive sensors for patients with fragile skin.
Nonadhesive sensors are part of our Nellcor™ pulse oximetry system. These unique sensors work exclusively with Nellcor™ pulse oximeters and other manufacturers’ multiparameter monitoring systems equipped with Nellcor™ technology.