Development of a Smart Electrode
Final rept., Phase 1, 15 Mar 1996 - 14 Sep 1996
CLINICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP FORT LAUDERDALE FL
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Long-term monitoring of cardiac patients at risk for critical, life-threatening arrhythmias, with wearable electron c equipment is cumbersome, due to the difficulties in the application of the electrodes, artifacts from motion ,E I, and the lack of reliable software in recognizing abnormal rhythms. There is a need for long-term monitoring without discomfort. Benefits to the military would provide a monitoring system for battlefield casualties and for the study of subjects in simulators. This project can effectively replace current electrodes overcoming artifact and patient compliance problems. The possibility is clearly in sight for automatically alerting a rescue team to deliver its services to a victim promptly and appropriately for the condition. Through the work in Phase I, we found the technology to accomplish long-term monitoring with a high level of compliance, with significantly reduced artifacts and with sufficient information to classify arrhythmias accurately. Phase I resulted in prototypes which have been evaluated on normal subjects with success, demonstrating the feasibility of the majority of the above objectives. We developed smart sensors for recording and interpreting the electrical activity of the heart noninvasively, as well as developing a harness that may be worn comfortably by a subject.
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