Stop Death Due To Epilepsy

A watch/wristband or ankle band to be worn by the person with epilepsy that keeps track of the heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level and body movement.

What is it?

A watch/wristband or ankle band to be worn by the person with epilepsy that has the possibility of the epilepsy causing Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy. (SUDEP) The band keeps track of the heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level and body movement. It will also have a GPS to keep track of the person’s location. If a defined change in the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, etc..occurs during the day or night someone will be notified. This person notified will have a an application on their mobile device. The application will be connected to the patient’s wrist or ankle band, In case of emergency, the EMS will be notified. The band will also contain health records and the patient’s fingerprint. To help the patient stay conscious while waiting for the EMS to arrive, the wristband will also start vibrating when a problem is noted. The vibrating will keep the patient’s mind active long enough and heart beating while waiting for EMS to arrive.

How is it used?

The band for the patient with epilepsy can be worn on their ankle or wrist. The band is set up specifically for the patient. All of their medical information and fingerprint will be on it.
An application to detect warnings will be sent to the contact person’s mobile device. The mobile device can be a beeper, mobile phone, or watch. It depends on the price of the device and the person’s income to which one is bought.

What technologies does it incorporate?

The wrist/ankle band has the epilepsy patient’s fingerprint on it and a GPS tracker. The blood pressure can be taken with the band while also keeping track of the heart rate. There will be a pulse oximeter to help with that. These symptoms are all the beginning signs of SUDEP. A watch battery will be used for power. The watch battery will also help when the patient starts having the symptoms of SUDEP. Vibrations or stimulants will be sent to watch/band to help keep the patient conscious. It will also be waterproof.(may be worn in the shower, while swimming, etc.)

The contact person will be notified by cell phone, beeper, pager, or watch.

How does it work?

The patient can keep the wrist/ankle band on at all times, except when changing the battery. It will be water proof. The GPS monitor will be inside the band to detect location and motion. A pulse oximeter will also be inside the band near where the pulse is located. This way it can keep track of the heart rate and oxygen level. The band will be able to tighten for blood pressure reading. Also causing a stimulation to help keep the patient conscious.

The only time recording will take place is when Sudden Unexplained Death to Epilepsy (SUDEP) situation is about to occur. The contact person will be notified by a beep or vibration with the pager. If they have the app for the phone or watch, they will receive the information about the location and well being of the patient when they call 911.

Who uses it?

One out of one thousand people with epilepsy die. (Sudden Unexplained Death to Epilepsy-SUDEP) Your possibility increases to 1 out of 150 if you have uncontrollable seizures. People who can not control their seizures need to be careful in paying attention to their health.

Their parent or guardian needs to keep the monitor close by at all times.

Why does it help?

We can now have a warning sign when the event occurs. While the patient is not in our presence or in the same vicinity this will contact someone by phone, beeper, watch, etc.. in time to reach the person in need of C.P.R. by contacting the paramedics. The stimulation from the watch will help keep the conscious before the EMS arrives.


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Team Members

Roxanne Davenport

Focus Area(s)

Alert/Response, Data Collection/Data Insight

UNICEF Pillar(s)

Health, Education, Child Protection

These pages have been pulled directly from applications submitted to the Wearables for Good Challenge in 2015. They represent the work of the individual teams and have subsequently not been edited.


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