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AN ALARM SYSTEM FOR INDICATING AN OPEN PORTHOLE OR DOOR OF AN INFANT INCUBATOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248499D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-09
Document File: 4 page(s) / 194K

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Abstract

An alarm system for indicating an open porthole or door of an infant incubator is disclosed. The alarm system comprises a small voltage circuit in the lock of the porthole or door and a light strip. The light strip is mounted around the porthole or door edges. When the porthole or door is closed, the circuit is closed or complete and a small voltage flows. Alternately, when the porthole or door is open the system detects the open state through the open or broken circuit and activates the light strip.

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AN ALARM SYSTEM FOR INDICATING AN OPEN PORTHOLE OR DOOR OF AN INFANT INCUBATOR

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to infant incubators and more particularly to an alarm system for indicating an open porthole or door of an infant incubator.

Generally, infant incubators have portholes or doors for manipulating the infant and other material such as monitor probes and infants’ clothing inside the incubator. Such manipulation requires opening and closing of the portholes or doors. Though kept at minimum level to maintain sterile and optimal conditions inside the incubator, opening and closing cannot be completely eliminated. Opening and closing portholes or doors by a caregiver have significant impact on air temperature, humidity and oxygen levels in the internal compartment of the incubator.

In many instances, the caregiver fails to close the porthole or door properly, leaving it half open, or slightly open, or not locked. Under these conditions, the internal air temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels among other internal compartment parameters change and adversely affect the patient infant in the incubator.

It would be desirable to have a technique to ensure the portholes or doors are always closed when the infant inside to maintain the parameters of the incubator at optimal levels.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts an alarm system that detects that a porthole or door of an infant incubator is open, and turn on a light strip to communicate an alarm signal to a caregiver.

Figure 2 depicts a first control circuit used for determination of open or locked status of the door of the porthole.

Figure 3 depicts a second control circuit that powers the light strip around the porthole door.

Figure 4 depicts working mechanism of the alarm system described herein

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

An alarm system for indicating an open porthole or door of an infant incubator is disclosed. The alarm system comprises a small voltage circuit in the lock of the porthole or door and a light strip. The light strip may be a light emitting diode (LED) or organic light emitting diode (OLED). The light strip is mounted around the porthole or door edges. When the porthole or door is closed, the circuit is closed or complete and a small voltage flows. Alternately, when the porthole or door is open the system detects the open state through the open or broken circuit and activates the light strip.

Figure 1

As depicted in Figure 1, when the alarm system detects that the porthole or door is open, the light strip is turned on to communicate an alarm signal to the caregiver. For example, the ligh...