NIRS. Equipment for extremely premature babies of the Neonatal Center at the Ohmatdyt Hospital

Each year the number of prematures births in Ukraine increases… If we do not make it our priority to diagnose and treat these babies, the number of people with CP, hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders will increase significantly…

Friends, we’re starting a new fundraiser for a very important equipment for the premature babies. NIRS. Near infrared spectroscopy. This equipment allows to diagnose any irregularities in the babies’ brain function  accurately and a very early stage. In situations like these, the sooner the doctors can see the full picture, the better and more timely they can provide the quality care and minimize the consequences.

We have already raised 24,781 UAH ($930) thanks to the joint fundraiser “The warmth of the sun of truth” by several of the Kyiv’s temples.

However, altogether we need to raise 675,000 UAH ($27,000). This is the amount after a huge discount from the supplier (the full price is $40,000).

Moreover, taking into account the importance of this equipment has already been placed at the Department and is being used to save babies’ lives, on the promise that the Fund will pay the full amount by the end of the year.

To make a donation, please visit the How to Donate page! 


What do we need this for?

Premature babies with congenital abnormalities are extremely unstable and require constant monitoring of cerebral functions. This monitoring is usually performed by a number of non-invasive functional studies, which include near infrared spectroscopy — a non-invasive way of determining cerebral oxygenation.

These studies allow for the doctors to have a more complete information on the brain function of the newborn and to make adjustments to the treatment plan.

Indications for use of cerebral oxymetry in Neonatology:

— Hemodynamic instability (including functionally significant VAP);

— Hypoxic-ischemic brain damage;

— Seizure activity;

— Paroxysmal disorders;

— A set of respiratory support and management of patients on mechanical ventilation (selection of individual modes of ventilation)

— Necrotizing enterocolitis;

— Anemia (including the choice of therapy);

— Assessment of cerebral perfusion with regard to the treatment of septic shock;

— Bronchopulmonary dysplasia.