UA graduate designs the first App to detect epileptic seizures in children suffering from Acquired Brain Damage
Connected to a mobile and a smart wristband that monitors heart rate, body temperature and oxygen in blood, the device sends message alerts to relatives and caregivers
Alicante. Thursday, 10 November 2016
Smart wristbands to monitor vital signs are widely used nowadays. However, despite the reliability of the sensors thanks to technological advances and lower costs, it is not easy to find applications for medical control. To this end, recently University of Alicante graduate in Multimedia Engineering Gala García, has developed a system to detect night epileptic seizures in children with Acquired Brain Damage (ACD). “Having an epileptic seizure during the night occurs with some frequency, so early warning can be vital to prevent the patient from having serious consequences”, the creator of this technology explained.
Connected to a mobile and a smart wristband that monitors heart rate, body temperature and oxygen in blood, the App Epilepsia_DCA sends message alerts to relatives and caregivers when values %u200B%u200Bthat predict a risk of a possible epileptic attack are detected. “In this way, caregivers will be more at peace if they receive a warning when the crisis is occurring, and thus achieving, at the same time, greater autonomy as continuous face-to-face monitoring is not essential", she said.
The market has been overloaded with sport-oriented smart wristbands recently. Some of this devices include already high-tech sensors to prevent or diagnose certain ailments with the advice of professional experts.
In this sense, some apps designed to help treat epilepsy have already been marketed but none of them has focused on people with brain damage and in particular on children. In order to develop this project I have studied the existing wristbands and decided to use the Angel Sensor model as it is the only one incorporating greater number of sensors to monitor several variables that allow us to predict the attacks," Gala García explained
"Although a prototype has been achieved for the time being, much work remains to be done and the next step is the device to be available for families with children who suffer from these seizures to fine-tune their functioning and adapt it to each patient," this UA graduate added
The project has been monitored by lecturer at the University of Alicante Department of IT and Computing José García and collaborated by provincial associations working on Acquired Brain Damage APSA and ADACEA. Alaso, aware of this pathology, doctors María Portugués and Lidia Hernández have collaborated disinterestedly with Gala García guiding and helping her predict symptoms before seizures start.
Demo of the mobile app operation when connected with the smart wristband
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