Early discovery of falls observed in the elderly and providing timely treatment with the assistance of drones equipped with first aid kit.
FREMONT, CA: In the sensor-driven environment, forecasting of things has become easy, with the growth of sensors in every field, like healthcare. Without any doubt, sensors have successfully occupied a large portion of the life of a patient in several ways. Also, they have changed the process of observation in the doctors while they are monitoring the activity of their patients’, helping them to provide better treatment at the proper time. Generally, people are busy and do not care about their health, but the sensors have changed these people and made them more concerned about their health.
Accordingly, when janitors are not available for older people, the demand for devices increases so that it can monitor them. Keeping this mind, a team from the University of South Australia and Iraq has created a sensor system that can remotely monitor older people. This advanced first aid system for the elderly can sense abnormalities in the heart rate and also the temperature that leads to providing first aid instantly when a fall occurs.
In this system, the sensors are implemented in the wearable device that can easily monitor critical signs when they are attached to the upper arm of the patient, thus sending an alarm in the form of a message to the emergency call center when it senses any abnormality. Once the anomaly is distinguished, the location of the patient is tracked, along with first aid supplies via a drone that is 105 seconds faster than an ambulance.
The fall detection device used here consists of a microcontroller, two bio-sensors, a GPS module for tracking the location of the older adult, and a GSM module for sending a notification to the smartphones of the caregivers. Also, it uses a drone equipped with a first aid kit and a smartphone for tracking the patient to carry the package. This fall detection system can significantly decrease the percentage of deaths from falls.