The new-gen doctors are now aiming to provide more flexible methods of monitoring to their patients in both homes and hospitals with the help of affordable mobile devices.
FREMONT, CA: Several researchers have come together to develop a prototype wireless, flexible oxygen sensor the size of a band-aid. The device has been designed in a way that can stick to the skin and monitor the blood oxygen levels wirelessly. It can then transmit the data via the internet to the caregivers and doctor for further actions. The technology might also have the ability to allow ill newborns to head home with their parents rather than staying at the hospital while providing ample monitoring of blood oxygen levels to the medical team in the hospital.
It is a fact that extended stays in the hospital are expensive and can be a strain on families. According to the studies, doctors have got indications that the health of the babies improves more rapidly when they are with their families.
Blood oxygen levels are considered to be an indirect measure of respiratory health that is significant to monitor the newborns. In the present time, figuring the partial pressure of oxygen through the skin, as an indication of blood oxygen levels, needs a device that is connected to an electrical outlet. It suggests that the newborns undergoing such monitoring are limited when it comes to movements and need to stay in the hospital. In order to address the situation, the researchers designed a wearable oxygen sensor that can be connected with the skin. The wearable is flexible, low-cost, and can wirelessly link to the internet to upload blood oxygen statistics. The smartphone app’s alarms provide rapid warnings whenever there is a low blood oxygen level suspected. The wearable has optical sensors powered wirelessly, built to measure blood oxygen levels.
Additionally, they are of enormous help when it comes to severe asthma and COPD in the newborn babies, as a caregiver can receive an alert if the blood oxygen levels go down. The scientists intend to develop the functionality of the device and inventing an app to fit the requirements of adult wearers in the future.