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WSU Vancouver researchers help develop ‘smart pacifier’

Smart pacifier device to eliminate twice-daily blood draws from newborn babies

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 31, 2022, 6:04am
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Jong-Hoon Kim, an associate professor at WSU Vancouver, holds a "smart pacifier," he helped develop. The device is used to monitor babies' electrolytes in Newborn Intensive Care Units, and it could potentially eliminate the need for an invasive, twice-daily blood draw normally performed to monitor babies' electrolytes, potassium and hydration levels.
Jong-Hoon Kim, an associate professor at WSU Vancouver, holds a "smart pacifier," he helped develop. The device is used to monitor babies' electrolytes in Newborn Intensive Care Units, and it could potentially eliminate the need for an invasive, twice-daily blood draw normally performed to monitor babies' electrolytes, potassium and hydration levels. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Pacifiers are known to help babies relax, but what if they could be used to monitor a baby’s health?

A new device partially developed at Washington State University Vancouver does just that.

Researchers at WSU Vancouver helped develop a wireless, bioelectronic pacifier — deemed a “smart pacifier” — that could eliminate the need for invasive, twice-daily blood draws regularly performed in Newborn Intensive Care Units to monitor babies’ electrolytes, sodium, potassium ion and hydration levels.

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