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Home monitor for SIDS with telecommunications capability
Author(s): William Kirkpatrick; Murari Kejariwal; Harley Leach
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Paper Abstract

The use of home monitors for the detection and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in infants has experienced limited success and substantial controversy. The usefulness of home apnea monitors has been plagued with false positive alarms and lack of alarm during apneic episodes. The cause of the alarm is generally not known which increases the anxiety of the parent while lowering confidenca in the monitor. An 87 5 1H microcontroller based respiration and heart rates monitor has been developed to combine the benefits of inexpensive home monitoring with professional data analysis and alarm parameter adjustment. The microcontroller retains heart and respiration rate data (including mean and standard deviation) preceding to and during an apparent Jfe-threatening event (ALTE). The data are stored in a circular buffer as to keep the latest data. The buffer size can be adjisted by the physician depending upon the ALTEs required for further analysis. The home monitor is equipped with telecommunications capability. The stored data and alarm parameters can be transferred at the request of the physidan or parent through an IntErnal telephone modem to a personal computer at the physician''s office or hospital. The monitor retains the cost-effectiveness of home monitoring while providing data collection and analysis by a trained speciaJist.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1355, Telecommunication for Health Care: Telemetry, Teleradiology, and Telemedicine, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.23870
Show Author Affiliations
William Kirkpatrick, Montana State Univ. (United States)
Murari Kejariwal, Montana State Univ. (United States)
Harley Leach, Montana State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1355:
Telecommunication for Health Care: Telemetry, Teleradiology, and Telemedicine
Rangaraj M. Rangayyan, Editor(s)

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