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Florida Hospital and Dräger to roll out next-generation NICU bed for tiny patients

Florida Hospital is working with Dräger, a world leader in medical technology, to bring the latest in neonatal care to Central Florida.

Draeger’s Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer is being rolled out to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the Florida Hospital system, in its first commercial use in the United States.

The Babyleo offers groundbreaking technology to regulate body heat, maximize efficiency for clinical staff, and integrate families in their babies’ care. Using three heat sources, the Babyleo helps to keep infants at their ideal body temperature at all times. This is vital because the infant’s energy is directed toward growth and development, rather than to keeping warm.

The Babyleo also features low sound and light levels to create a womblike atmosphere, and has advanced safeguards against infection. Its “kangaroo mode” allows parents to more closely interact with their baby. 

All this technology has the net effect of helping to allow premature babies to stay healthy, to better bond with their parents, and to ultimately go home sooner, said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, medical director of neonatology of Florida Hospital for Children.

“Our joint mission with Dräger to bring innovative and effective technology for pre-term babies and their families is a tremendous step in the right direction because it creates the safest environment possible for them to grow and develop,” said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, chief medical officer and medical director of neonatology at Florida Hospital for Children. “This global partnership not only improves babies’ care, but also makes interaction easier and safer for parents, due to state-of-the-art features that promote parent participation and skin-to-skin experience."

For Dräger, which is based in Germany, Florida Hospital was a natural fit to demonstrate the capabilities of the Babyleo.

“The Babyleo has proven very successful in Europe, and we are eager to bring it to premature babies and their families here in the United States and Canada,” said President and Regional CEO North America for Dräger, Lothar Thielen. “Florida Hospital’s reputation for innovation and world-class care made it an ideal organization to work with.”

When the rollout is complete, 73 of the beds will be in use. Fifty-three of those will be at Florida Hospital for Women in Orlando, with 10 each at Florida Hospital Altamonte and Florida Hospital Celebration Health.

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