SurePulse VS

The new wireless heart rate monitoring Cap for babies

SurePulse VS

Specifically designed for newborn babies

No other medical heart rate monitor was specifically designed for newborn babies – they are all adult approaches that have been adapted for newborns. SurePulse VS is therefore, the first. This innovative approach to product development, incorporating clinical user and parent feedback has been recognised with a prestigious EM Medilink award for innovation.

Supports optimal neonatal care

Newborn baby

SurePulse VS facilitates confident decision-making – accurate and reliable heart rate information is displayed in real time to the whole clinical team.

The heart rate of the baby is critical for guiding the stabilisation process and resuscitation interventions, as is recognised in National and International Guidelines (Aziz). However, all current heart rate assessment approaches have drawbacks as in the critical first few minutes they do not always provide an early enough or sometimes an accurate enough heart rate.

Wireless monitoring offers new possibilities

SurePulse VS is wireless which provides significant opportunities for more flexible, evolving delivery room practices whilst monitoring heart rate. In addition to facilitating wireless stabilisation and resuscitation, these opportunities include delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin care (kangaroo care), early breastfeeds, palliative care, and less-invasive approaches to stabilisation

SurePulse Family Integrated Care skin-to-skin

Patient safety

Newborn Quality Improvement

The touchscreen and data download facility supports and improves patient safety, audit, clinical governance, and training. By facilitating a date/time stamped downloadable record of heart rate information and the sequencing of clinical interventions, SurePulse VS supports the review of delivery room experience.

This also addresses a common problem as the recording of heart rate information and clinical interventions is notoriously inconsistent in the delivery room. The SurePulse VS touchscreen interface makes this easy and routine, and may also help if a retrospective review is needed – for example in a serious incident investigation.

Supporting optimal neonatal care

If you want to learn how SurePulse VS may help mitigate neonatal risks and enhance family integrated care, please contact us.

Fits into existing patient clinical pathways

Many babies have a hand-knitted or medical cap put on their heads straight away to prevent heat loss. As the SurePulse VS heart rate sensor is fitted into a very easy-to-fit cap then little process change needs to be made.

Clinical trials conducted at the Nottingham Universities NHS Trust established the thermoprotective equivalence of the SurePulse cap, compared to other commonly used caps.

SurePulse VS device overview

SurePulse V6
  • Displays heart rate and pulse waveform continuously.
  • Touchscreen enables birth timer and event recording.
  • Battery life 4-hours (Modules 2 x 2 hours each).
  • Award-winning design.
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  • Carry-handle hooks over the resuscitation table.
  • Pole-clamp is also available.
  • Heart rate and time/date stamped event data storage (100-hours).
  • Data downloadable on a data stick.
  • Reports generated as pdf and CSV files.
CPAP on mannequin
  • Thermoprotective cap in 5 sizes.
  • 20cm – 40cm head circumference (23-weeks GA to 42-weeks).
  • Easy to fit T-shape design.
  • Cap accommodates CPAP and endotracheal tube apparatus.

Trial SurePulse VS

If you want to learn how SurePulse VS can provide you with accurate neonatal heart rate monitoring, contact us to learn more.

Dr. James Carpenter


James Carpenter has served as CEO of SurePulse Medical since its incorporation in mid-2014, having worked to secure considerable grant funding for early development and trials. He has spent 7 years working in medical device engineering and development, particularly focussed on blood flow analysis in the field of Laser Doppler Blood Flowmetry. More recently his work has been centred on high-reliability heart rate estimation. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Warwick Adams

Non-Executive Director

Warwick Adams has 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of electronic equipment both in the commercial and medical arena. He started in electronics within the Medical Physics department at the Queens Medical Centre Nottingham and then formed his own business in 1982 designing and manufacturing medical and commercial electronics and systems. Warwick has founded a number of businesses and holds a board position in many of these companies a number of which are certified to ISO 13485. Warwick has also been involved in a number of successful applications and grants for Innovate UK projects with Nottingham University.

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Bill Allan


Bill has a strong international track-record of focussed, profitable sales growth and of developing high performance teams through small and large scale organisational development. For the past 10 years, Bill has led and transitioned 2 small Medical Device companies to sale and integration, and is a non-executive Board Member for a number of Medical Technology companies.

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Matthew Butler

Electronics Engineer

Matthew Butler is an experienced electronics and software engineer. He has designed electronics solutions for international companies, and is bewilderingly fluent in a variety of software languages. He holds a PhD degree in electronic engineering.

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Prof. Barrie Hayes-Gill

Research Director

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill has over 30 years of expertise in medical electronic devices and has considerable experience of taking devices into the clinic including co-founding Monica Healthcare Ltd that has fully commercialised a fetal heart rate monitor. He has taken several devices through regulatory approvals in the EU (CE) and USA (FDA). He has managed and delivered a number of projects that have underpinned SurePulse's development.

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Quentin Hayes

Commercial Manager

Quentin has over 25 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services in the private sector and the NHS. His leadership roles include Sales, Marketing, Market Access, Clinical Research, Governance, Operational and Executive Management. He has Project Leadership expertise in Change Management, Business/Process improvement, and Contract Management.

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Yvonne Hooton

Clinical Specialist

Yvonne is our Clinical Specialist who has worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for 30 years, she is a Registered General Nurse/Registered Sick Children's Nurse with a BSC in Health Studies. She has extensive experience in Neonatal care having worked as a Neonatal Sister, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Children's Clinical Research Nurse working on obstetric, paediatric and neonatal studies.

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Russell Hoyle

Non-Executive Director

Russell Hoyle runs an independent business consultancy advising small and medium sized companies on their strategic development opportunities. As well as being a Non-Executive Director of SurePulse Medical Ltd, he is a Special Partner with private equity firm Vitruvian Partners LLP, and Chairman of UK based electronics manufacturer Tioga Ltd. He is a Board member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, which advises Government and Regulators on policy in relation to research, education and treatment for problem gamblers. Until mid-2010, he was Chairman of Inspired Gaming Group plc, an AIM listed technology provider to the land based gaming market.

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Dr Damon McCartney

Principal Engineer

Dr Damon McCartney is an experienced product development manager, and is responsible for all engineering aspects of the company’s products. He has spent several years working in start-ups in a variety of industries. He holds a PhD in electronic engineering.

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Dr Son Nguyen

Electronics Engineer

Son Nguyen has experience in building products to medical device quality standards (e.g. BS EN 60601-1) having spent a number of years designing skin impedance tracking systems. He graduated with a PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2016.

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Khoa Pham


Khoa Pham is our company administrator and literally holds everything together! She has a number of degrees and experience in administration and book-keeping.

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Catherine Procter

Software Engineer

Catherine is a highly experienced software engineer responsible for developing and testing embedded code for our medical devices. She has held positions in multiple reliability-critical industries. She holds a Masters Degree in Reliable Embedded Systems.

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Dr Don Sharkey

Clinical Director

Dr Don Sharkey is Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Technologies, University of Nottingham, and honorary consultant neonatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has overseen previous published newborn baby trials in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and delivery room.

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Faye Griffin

Product Manager

Faye has over thirteen years’ experience in medical device Product Management, most recently in the wireless vital signs monitoring market. She obtained her marketing qualification through the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Product Management expertise through Pragmatic Marketing programmes.

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