Apnea Monitor FAQ
What does download mean?
Download or downloading is the process of retrieving the stored monitor information from the monitor’s memory unit. The download is arranged with you by program staff from the hospital. The download can be done over the phone line or other options are available.
What information do you get on a download?
Data is automatically recorded in the apnea monitor and analyzed to determine when your baby’s monitor may be safely discontinued. The data gathered includes alarm waveforms (true and false), the frequency of monitor use, and loose lead alarms.
Guidelines for traveling with the monitor
Always check with your apnea program or provider first before traveling out of the immediate area with your baby.
Be sure you have the infant apnea program contact information with you.
- Make sure your baby’s monitor is fully charged when you travel.
If traveling by air, check with your airlines to see if there are special provisions for checking in with the monitor and security.
Avoid leaving the monitor in temperature extremes when disconnected from the baby (a very hot or cold car might alter the battery capability of the monitor).
Make sure you have an ample supply of patches, replacement belt, and cable.
Call your equipment company to let them know you are traveling. The company may give you a back up monitor to take along for trips that are out of the area or another contact name should you need replacement supplies while out of the area.
If travel is necessary for an extended time, request a health history on your baby from your provider to carry with you should you need to be seen by a different provider.
Where do I get more supplies for the monitor?
If any monitor supplies are needed please contact your equipment company. The company’s number is listed on top of the monitor.
My baby’s skin is getting red, is there anything I can do?
Inspection of your baby’s skin should be done regularly when using the patches or belt. Your baby’s skin can be sensitive. Changing the patches regularly and moving them just slightly can help protect your baby’s skin. Alternating the use of the gel electrodes and belt can also help to minimize irritation to the baby’s skin.
Let your apnea program nurse know if your baby’s skin is sensitive to his/her electrodes. Avoid using lotions or oils on the baby’s skin beneath the electrodes. The use of lotions can disrupt the monitoring conduction causing false monitor alarms. Always be sure that the electrodes are clean. If using gel electrodes, be sure that they are sticky.
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
What is reflux?
Reflux is a backup of stomach contents into the esophagus.
If your infant’s doctor has ordered your baby to have GER precautions, an apnea nurse will provide education and support while your baby is having symptoms.
Care of your baby
Can anyone take care of my baby?
Assessing the comfort level of those caring for your baby is especially important when deciding who will be caring for your baby. If your baby is on a monitor, has spells or needs special care when feeding you should ensure that whoever will be caring for your baby in your absence has proper training. The Apnea Program provides CPR and monitor response training for extended family and care providers that might be caring for your baby at no extra cost while your baby is in the program.
Will I need to learn CPR?
CPR training is recommended and ordered by your baby’s doctor before your baby is discharged from the hospital. If your baby goes home on an apnea monitor CPR education is part of the monitor training session.