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Heart Rate Characteristics in the NICU: What Nurses Need to Know

Hicks, Jamie H. MSN, RN, NNP-BC; Fairchild, Karen D. MD

Section Editor(s): Zukowsky, Ksenia

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000031
Beyond the Basics

Late-onset sepsis continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in very low-birth-weight infants. Earlier detection of infection with heart rate variability monitoring through the use of the HeRO monitor has been shown to reduce mortality rate by 22%. This article reviews how HeRO is used to assist in earlier diagnosis and treatment of infection.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.

Correspondence: Jamie H. Hicks, MSN, RN, NNP-BC, 1215 Lee St, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest or financial relationship with the HeRO monitor.

© 2013 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses