“Incubare” latin = to lie on
A microenvironment to place newborns
who are at high risk, for maintenance of
temperature and humidity.
Maintenance of thermo neutral ambient
Provision of desired humidity and
Observation of very sick neonates.
Isolation of newborn babies from
infection, unfavorable external
Babies with low birth weight (<1500gm)
Hypothermic child (<320C)
Also used in case of transportation of babies
from one hospital to another.
Also used to shift babies within the hospital for
various investigations. E.g, CT Scan and MRI.
PARTS OF AN INCUBATOR
Arm port holes
Air inlet filter
Warm and oxygenate the incubator as you
receive the message of expected arrival
of neonate, generally 10-15 minutes earlier.
Check the physician’s order.
Explain the needs of incubator care to the
parents of neonate.
Adjust the incubation parameters and
maintain, follow the chart.
Remove the cloths of the neonate and place
inside the incubator.
6. Provide meticulous care as long neonate
7. Continue care through port hole.
8. Report to the doctor if baby is not
maintaining the temperature, generally
after two abnormal readings.
9. Do not bring the neonate out without
10. Document time and condition of the