Essential Safety Features and Practices for Infant Home Apnea Monitors
- Heartbeat detector
- Remote alarm
- Power-loss alarm (non-battery-operated units)
- Safe electrodes (wires cannot be plugged into electrical cords or
If the monitor lacks these features, keep using it, follow the safety
practices below, and replace or modify the unit as soon as possible.
- Daily—Check monitor and remote alarm sounds by disconnecting
leads. Use monitor self-test feature if available.
- During monitoring—Always check baby any time monitor alarms,
even if alarm stops. If possible, operate from an electrical outlet. Be
sure power cords and cables are plugged in. The breath-detection light
should blink once for each breath. The heartbeat light should blink in a
consistent pattern. Immediately report unusual operation.
- Monitor placement—Never place monitor on floor. Do not place
items near monitor; they might block displays or muffle alarms. Place
monitor several feet from electrical devices.
- Baby's bed—No parents, children, or pets should sleep in same
crib or bed with baby.
- Monitor settings—Only your doctor or home care provider should
change monitor settings.
- Training and support—You should be trained in proper monitor
use and CPR. Have your home care service regularly check the monitor.