An incubator is an enclosed cot in which a baby, particularly if premature, is placed to
create an ideal protective and controllable environment. Temperature is
regulated thermostatically and the possibility of infection is minimized;
the air in the incubator may be enriched with controlled amounts of oxygen.
Nursing is carried out through portholes. The use of incubators has been
significant in reducing mortality in premature infants.
|PremaCare neonatal incubator manufactured
by Delphi Medical Systems
Another type of incubator is used for incubating microorganisms.