The World Health Organization published in 2001 that roughly 38% of all under-5-year-old deaths occurred in the neonatal
period, accounting for 4 million annual deaths worldwide1. Of all neonatal mortality, 99% occurs in the developing
countries2. Three-fourths of neonatal deaths occur during the first week of life, while an estimated 24-45% of neonatal
deaths occur within the first 24 hours after birth3. Once outside the womb, one of the first and biggest problems these
neonates face is hypothermia. At high risks of hypothermia are preterm
infants due to high surface area to volume ratios as well as “high transepidermal water loss and consequential evaporative
heat lost due to structurally and functionally immature skin”4. WHO estimates that 18% to 42% of worldwide annual infant deaths are caused by hypothermia5. Those infants who do survive often face life-long health
battles with diabetes, heart disease, and low IQ6. Improved neonate survival has been associated with reducing heat losses in
the first few days of life, particularly in preterm neonates.
IncuVive's versatile and innovative solution can help combat neonatal mortality due to hypothermia.