Clinical Need for accurate, wireless Neonatal Heart Rate Monitoring

SurePulse VS

Research 0pportunities

Clinical and physiological

The SurePulse VS has additional neonatal data recording and output capabilities. This opens up exciting new research opportunities in neonatal physiology and clinical practice.

Clinical research opportunities

baby with wires

“There were more wires than him” (Bonner)

Delivery room practices are evolving at an unprecedented rate creating opportunities for research to provide evidence of clinical benefit to newborn babies. SurePulse VS is the first wireless forehead-mounted photoplethsymography (PPG) monitor for newborn babies and is available to support new areas of evolving research including delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin (kangaroo care), delivery room cuddles, early breastfeeds, palliative care, and less-invasive approaches to stabilisation.

Delayed cord clamping

National and international guidelines are changing frequently on optimal cord management, depending upon the gestational age and health status of the baby.

The SurePulse VS research device provides recording and download of green, red and infrared waveforms which can be used to calculate oxygen saturation (real-time display, not CE approved) with the potential to enhance respiratory support, delayed cord clamping and less-invasive physiological approaches to stabilisation and resuscitation.

Delayed Cord Clamping

Wireless monitoring opportunities

Parents, and healthcare staff, often feel inhibited in engaging with their newborn babies in the delivery room (skin-to-skin care) or in intensive care (kangaroo care) on account of the plethora of monitoring wires. SurePulse VS offers new opportunities in enhancing family integrated care and can support wireless heart rate monitoring facilitating early cuddles, breastfeeds, and palliative care.

Clinical research opportunities

If you want to find out more about SurePulse’s ongoing clinical research and what opportunities there are to support optimal care of newborn babies, contact us now

Physiological research opportunities

There are many exciting research opportunities to investigate the use of photoplethysmography (PPG) in newborn babies. The following areas of research are all underpinned by independent publications.  The opportunities described here are not exhaustive and more research areas are being explored as the number of devices on the market increases.

3 wavelength reflection mode PPG

SurePulse Medical VS light arc diagram

SurePulse VS (CE approved) provides outputs of green, red and infrared waveforms from the sensor, and several other outputs from the device including ambient light capture, LED brightness, event/intervention log, and technical performance data. Important physiological questions may be investigated – for example, blood oxygenation at birth is a critical indicator of clinical interventions and is currently a challenge to assess accurately. SurePulse VS  allows the offline calculation of oxygen saturation (not CE approved for clinical use).

Two sensor options

The SurePulse VS is available in two forms, the single-use cap or the sensor alone fixed with tape. Both communicate wirelessly to the display monitor via the module. This facilitates further research into the optimal site for PPG monitoring. 100-hours of data can be stored and downloaded in CSV (Excel) and PDF formats.

SurePulse VS

Physiological research opportunities

If you want to find out more about research opportunities with SurePulse VS please contact us.

Blood oxygenation changes after birth

SurePulse V6

Blood oxygenation changes in the first few minutes of a baby’s life are critical to understand to provide optimal care, yet remain a challenge in the delivery room. The wireless SurePulse VS can provide green/red/infrared trend data offline which may help answer important clinical questions such as FiO2 concentration and timing, optimal cord clamping timing, and minimally invasive transition monitoring.

Expanding neonatal research

The raw three-wavelength PPG from the SurePulse VS sensors facilitates the calculation of beat-to-beat pulse rate, pulse rate variability, pulse transit time, respiration rate, perfusion index tracking, oxygen saturation tracking, cardiac output and blood pressure derivatives (through calibration or calculation – analysis tools are available if required). These variables are experimental in nature and not CE approved for clinical use.

Baby heart system

Expanding neonatal research

If you want to learn more about our current research and discuss how SurePulse might support your own research interests please contact us.

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

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.

This will close in 0 seconds

Scroll to Top