I am a consultant neonatologist (doctor looking after sick newborn infants) in Rosie Hospital, Cambridge. I am interested in mechanical ventilation of sick babies. I am also a Python enthusiast and I am using Python and its data science packages ( numpy, pandas, matplotlib, scipy, scikit-learn) to analyse the high-throughput data downloaded from neonatal ventilators (breathing machines). I am studying how ventilators perform and how babies interact with the ventilators
Modern ventilators generate large amounts of pressure and flow data that clinicians cannot realistically monitor over long periods of time. A toolkit for segmentation and extracting breath-wise features would provide a means for summarising this information and investigating the relationship of different ventilator and patient characteristics to individual breaths.