Advanced Wireless Wearable Sensors for Home Monotoring in Pediatric Patients with Congenital Heart Disease

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LAY ABSTRACT (200 words): Each year, 1 out of 100 of all babies will have a congenital heart defect (CHD). 1 out 4 of these babies will have a critical CHD meaning that surgery is needed by year 1. While we have improved our ability to care for these babies, CHD still accounts for 4.2% of all deaths for babies and half of these deaths occur in the first year. Monitoring the health of the heart, and lungs with medical devices in the hospital and at home is critical for survival. However, the maze of wires and screens create a physical and emotional barrier for parents who want to hold their babies. These systems make even basic tasks such as turning a baby extremely difficult. Third, these systems often cause iatrogenic skin injuries including permanent scarring. For very sick CHD patients, invasive monitoring tools such as catheters can lead to deadly clots or infections. We have developed a new class of advanced wireless wearable skin-like sensors that will greatly improve the effectiveness and safety of monitoring for CHD patients. Our system requires only two patches (one on the chest and one on the foot) that communicates continuously with an external laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Effective start/end date1/1/1912/31/20


  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation (Agmt 2/22/19)


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