Physiological Telemonitoring System to Detect onset of Autonomic Dysreflexia in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries

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Autonomic dysreflexia is an acute syndrome of excessive, uncontrolled sympathetic output that can occur in patients who have had an injury to the spinal cord. It is caused by spinal reflex mechanisms that remain intact despite the patient's injury, leading to hypertension which can cause headaches, flushing and sweating in the head and neck region and the nasal congestion. Mismanagement of this condition can cause drastic consequences including death.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a wearable physiological telemetry system (PTS) which can detect the onset of Autonomic Dysreflexia. The technology described comprises of galvanic skin resistance (GSR) and other sensors worn by a person with an SCI that can communicate data wirelessly. It can collect data on skin temperature, skin resistance, and heart rate.

-Can communicate information wirelessly
-Uses machine learning to better understand and report data

Potential Applications:
-Emergency Medical Equipment
Jun 25, 2018
United States
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