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Epilepsy alert device

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-06-23 19:45

About the solution

Tom, born in 1994, suffers from this disease since he was born. This patient can experience up to 24 epileptic seizures a day, often while he sleeps, and he has learning dificultes due to his condition.

Tom’s family was always worried about the seizures he has while he’s asleep. The device they had to keep him monitored was not very effective, and failed to detect every seizure.

That’s why Adrian and Chris team up, and founded their own company – Adris Technologies - developing PulseGuard, a wearable sensor worn by epilepsy patients that transmits the heart rate readings to an iPhone app. The invention works by shining a light through the skin, with a sensor detecting blood flow and recording accurately heart rate reading. When heart rate rises significantly, which happens before a fit, an alarm is sounded on a smartphone or iPad, meaning that people can reach out to the patient earlier.

“Every parent with an epileptic child with symptoms like Tom’s will know that life can be very stressful and a constant worry, especially from very disturbed and sleepless nights. We are therefore delighted to be able to try and help many other families using our experience and research by making our invention available to them", explained Tom’s father.

After getting the idea, the duo started emailing experts to get some help building the app. A neuro-scientist replied, and helped them for free.

It took the team two years to create the product and to make clinical trials.

More info: https://www.pulseguard.org/

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2jX9GO7

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Adrian and Chris Perry, father and brother of Tom Perry, respectively, born in the UK, created PulseGuard for Tom, in 2014, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome (a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy), to keep him monitored. The device consists of a sensor which is worn by epilepsy sufferers and transmits heart rate readings wirelessly to a mobile app.

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