TOUL helps prevent infections in the NICU with a mobile laminar air flow that reduces the bacteria count up to 95%.
Generally, premature newborns are more or less immunodeficient, and this condition worsens with medical conditions that require long hospitalization times, such as intubation and ET suctioning, parenteral nutrition and intravascular catheters; these procedures are often carried out on the new-born at the same time, and this increases the risk of contracting hospital infections.
Right after being born, these tiny patients come into contact with the contaminants in the environment, in their nourishment, on the equipment and on people.
Although they stimulate a specific immune response, these contacts may also promote the onset of infections that the new-born may not be ready to contrast yet. Indeed, their immune system increases slowly during the first months of life, and completely develop between the first and second year of age.
Reducing the possibility that the newborn can contract infections is very important, and this can be done by strengthening the hygiene measures as much as possible, and favouring the use of sterile materials inside strictly aseptic areas, whenever possible.
Some of the children treated in the NICU require surgeries, and therefore are transported from the NICU to the operating theatre.
If the newborn is too small, the transportation procedure may cause brain injuries; however, TOUL can be quickly placed anywhere and generate a strict aseptic environment – even in the NICU – in just a few seconds, thus creating optimal conditions from an air sanitization standpoint, to perform the surgery safely and without moving the child.
For children with sternotomy, it is essential that the area they are placed in – sometimes even for weeks – is sterilized. The laminar flow protects them against bacterial contamination and creates an aseptic environment around them.
surgery carried out directly in the NICU
keeping the area sterile for children with sternotomy
ECMO (extracorporeal circulation) systems application
drainage system application