Relative to adults, newborn infants have much greater difficulty maintaining a stable core body temperature due to limited adaptive thermoregulatory responses and a morphological susceptibility to excessive heat exchange. As such, they are at a higher risk of developing both hypothermia and hyperthermia, two conditions associated with negative clinical outcomes and high rates morbidity and mortality.
Research at the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory in collaboration with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario focuses on the auditing clinical practice in various settings in order reduce the risk excessive thermal strain and promote the early detection of hypothermia and hyperthermia in the pediatric population. Currently we are working on evaluating the non-invasive core body temperature monitoring during pediatric general surgery as well as auditing the human thermal environment of neonate undergoing intensive care nursed under radiant warmers. The results of each of these projects could lead to significant improvements in thermal management practices within a clinical setting.