Prototype wireless blood oxygen sensor in development

Service Engineering

A wearable sensor to measure the blood oxygen levels in a baby is being developed by researchers led by Professor Ulkuhan Guler, Director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab. The goal of the project is to facilitate smoother and more regular monitoring of hospitalised babies by using a wireless method which will also allow for the baby to be held, and in some cases, go home rather than battling with the current cumbersome wired means requiring babies to stay in hospital.

Guler’s inexpensive and flexible device will gather data on the blood gases diffusing through the skin and report it wirelessly. Doctors will be able to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels through a connected smartphone app which requires an internet connection. If the oxygen levels starts to drop, the family members and medical personnel will receive a notification through the app or a monitor in the doctor’s office.

“A wearable sensor to measure the blood oxygen levels in a baby is being developed by researchers.“

In a statement, Guler said: “Extended stays in the hospital are costly and can be a strain on families and studies have shown that babies’ health improves when they are with their families. Our goal with this affordable, mobile device is to give doctors more flexibility in monitoring their patients both in the hospital and at home.”

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