A flexible pressure monitoring system for pressure ulcer prevention
Author(s)Yip, Marcus; He, David Da; Winokur, Eric S.; Balderrama, Amanda Gaudreau; Sheridan, Robert; Ma, Hongshen; ... Show more Show less
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Pressure ulcers are painful sores that arise from prolonged exposure to high pressure points, which restricts blood flow and leads to tissue necrosis. This is a common occurrence among patients with impaired mobility, diabetics and the elderly. In this work, a flexible pressure monitoring system for pressure ulcer prevention has been developed. The prototype consists of 99 capacitive pressure sensors on a 17-cm times 22-cm sheet which is flexible in two dimensions. Due to its low cost, the sensor sheet can be disconnected from the reusable electronics and be disposed of after use, suitable for a clinical setting. Each sensor has a resolution of better than 2-mmHg and a range of 50-mmHg and offset is calibrated in software. Realtime pressure data is displayed on a computer. A maximum sampling rate of 12-Hz allows for continuous monitoring of pressure points.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2009
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Yip, M. et al. “A flexible pressure monitoring system for pressure ulcer prevention.” Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009. EMBC 2009. Annual International Conference of the IEEE. 2009. 1212-1215.
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