CCB Research Group is developing NFANT™ Technology. Basically, we are making a medical device that allows a normal pacifier or bottle to become a SMART pacifier or bottle. NFANT™ Pacifer & Bottle non-invasively takes measuresments on how the infant is sucking on the nipple and relays that information to a mobile device. This information may allow clinicians to better understand when an infant is ready to transition from tube feeding to feeding on their own in the Neonatal ICU.
Trying to feed an infant when they are not ready can introduce serious complications such as apnea (stopped breathing), aspiration (fluid in the lungs) and bradycardia (slowed heart). This increases stress and delays discharge for premature infants in the Neonatal ICU.
Unfortunately, 40 to 70% of all preterm infants experience complications when trying to transition towards independant oral feeding. These complications cause delays ranging anywhere from 2 to 45 days at a cost of $2,000 to $6,000 per day. Decreasing the average length of stay in the Neonatal ICU by just 2 days is estimated to save the U.S. Healthcare system nearly $2 Billion, annually.
The recently patented NFANT™ Technology may provide a simple solution to provide clinicians with the information they need to help get infants out of the Neonatal ICU and home to their families.