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A multi-functional, portable device with wireless transmission for home monitoring of children with a learning disability

A multi-functional, portable device with wireless transmission for home monitoring of children with a learning disability

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 10(5): 298-302

A portable monitoring device was developed to assist in the management of children with a learning disability. The device was designed for continuous home monitoring of blood oxygen saturation, heart and respiration rates, and patient activity. It could be worn on a belt, while the patient continued normal activities. Data were stored on a multimedia card and automatically transmitted to a PC at prescribed intervals via a Bluetooth wireless link. From the PC the data were transmitted to a Web server, where the information was made available to the staff involved in the patient's care. Preliminary clinical studies were performed with nine patients (four with Down's syndrome, three with cerebral palsy and two with mental retardation). Patients and families considered the device easy to use and to wear. The monitoring device identified events of possible clinical interest. Although it was designed for monitoring children with a learning disability, it may also be useful with other groups, such as elderly people.

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Accession: 048082207

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PMID: 15494089

DOI: 10.1258/1357633042026369

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