ADM Wireless monitoring & alarm systems working in real situations, supporting HMB in saving breast milk

Dr Natalie Shenker explains below what happened when vital ventilation failed.

We have used the ADM GeneSysWeb Wireless Temperature Monitoring System for just under a year at the Hearts Milk Bank.

It was simple to set up, and easy to operate. Most importantly, its wireless and it works.

Our milk reception area houses six freezers full of precious donated breast milk ready to distribute to hospitals, where it is used to feed very sick premature babies. Two weeks ago the ventilation into the room failed, and an alarm on my phone which indicated a freezer’s temperature was rising quickly. The temperature updates every few seconds, so I could quickly see this was an urgent issue.

Within 20 minutes I was moving milk into another freezer, and all was saved. Without this system, the work of our service and all of the efforts of the wonderful mothers who donate their precious breast milk, would have been wasted.

Dr Natalie Shenker – Hearts Milk Bank

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Hearts Milk Bank Story

The Hearts Milk Bank is the UK’s newest milk bank. As part of the Human Milk Foundation, they bring a new approach to the provision of milk bank services, to provide the opportunity of being fed with human milk to every baby who could benefit.

HMB offers equity of access to safe and assured supplies of donor human milk to hospitals and community-based clinicians for babies across London, East Anglia, the southeast of England and beyond.

The HMB’s vision is to support families, researchers and breastfeeding through the wider availability of screened donor milk, and work with milk banks across the UKAMB to create the gold standards of safety and efficiency.

HMB is the UK’s newest milk bank and was co-founded by Dr Natalie Shenker and Gillian Weaver. Having both worked in the NHS for many years, they aim to bring a new approach to the provision of milk bank services that can break the cycle of disinvestment and rationing.

The HMB offers equity of access to assured supplies of screened donor human milk to hospitals and community-based clinicians for babies across London, the southeast, East Anglia and beyond. As a centre of research, we are working on wide-ranging new programmes of studies into milk banking and human milk. The Hearts Milk Bank works as part of the Human Milk Foundation. Donations to our charity make sure that parents can access donor milk for their children.

Meet the Milk Bank Team

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The Human Milk Foundation was conceived in 2017 by a group of parents, scientists, milk bank experts and doctors. The charity supports The Hearts Milk Bank  the UK’s first independent, non-profit human milk bank, founded by Dr Natalie Shenker and Gillian Weaver. With the twin aims of providing equitable access to donor milk and initiating research, the HMB has rapidly grown to provide screened donor milk to hospital neonatal units across the southeast, London, East Anglia and beyond. Since it was founded, 659 milk donors have donated their milk – with 1486 litres going to hospitals to help tiny babies.