research has proven to be a significant area of interest with newborns,
especially those born premature. Premature babies are born with immature
barrier function in the skin, a critical health risk for infants
for two reasons: babies can quickly become dehydrated by easily losing
water through the skin, and they are much more prone to infection
without sufficient protective barrier function.
Researchers utilize NOVA instrumentation as a non-invasive means of
indexing the development of the barrier function of the baby's skin.
Research indicates that baseline surface
hydration is significantly related to the integrity of the barrier function
of the skin. Use of NOVA instrumentation provides a quantitative means
of evaluating the changing skin hydration levels of the newborns through
the measure of DPM units. For additional information, please contact NOVA at
For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.