Welcome to The HeRO Whiteboard

In this series, we will present the product and some of the literature about its efficacy and usage. HeRO detects abnormal heart rate variability, or heart rate characteristics, among premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit to provide clinicians with an early warning of sepsis, infection, and other forms of deterioration. The use of HeRO monitoring has been proven to reduce mortality, length of stay, cost, and even cerebral palsy in the largest randomized controlled trial ever conducted among very low birth weight NICU patients.

The abnormal heart rate characterstics (HRC) that cause HeRO Scores to rise are associated with cytokines. These mediators of the inflammatory response cause changes throughout the body, including the way that the SA node of the heart responds to the autonomic nervous system. HeRO is a real-time, non-invasive window into the inflammatory process that tells clinicians that a patient is deteriorating often before other clinical signs are present. Earlier diagnoses lead to more effective treatment and improved outcomes.

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The HeRO Whiteboard Introduction

In today’s episode, we give a general overview of HeRO and the value that it provides to the modern neonatal intensive care unit.

The HeRO Whiteboard Episode 1 – An Overview

In this overview video, we present a general overview of HeRO and the topics for the successive videos in this series.

The HeRO Whiteboard Episode 2 – Cytokines & HRC

In this episode, we discuss the links between infection, inflammation, cytokines, and abnormal heart rate variability (HRV). All of which led to development of HeRO, a system that identifies abnormal heart rate characteristics to provide an early warning of impending deterioration. The use of HeRO monitoring has been proven to reduce mortality, length of stay, cost, and even cerebral palsy in the largest randomized controlled trial ever conducted among very low birth weight NICU patients.

The abnormal heart rate characterstics (HRC) that cause HeRO Scores to rise are associated with cytokines. These mediators of the inflammatory response cause changes throughout the body, including the way that the SA node of the heart responds to the autonomic nervous system. HeRO is a real-time, non-invasive window into the inflammatory process that tells clinicians that a patient is deteriorating often before other clinical signs are present. Earlier diagnoses lead to more effective treatment and improved outcomes