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Incubator

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Updated May 12, 2009

Definition: Because premature infants often can’t keep themselves warm without help, they may be placed inside an incubator. These plastic boxes keep baby warm in one of two ways: They may be set to stay at a certain temperature, or a probe that monitors the baby’s temperature may be connected to the incubator to heat or cool the air as needed. Incubators also protect premature babies from infection, noise, and light, and may provide humidified air to maintain skin integrity in very premature babies.
Also Known As: Isolette
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