Ulkuhan Guler, professor of computer and electrical engineering is heading the project targeted on enabling sick, hospitalized infants to be untethered from wired sensors so that they can be studied quickly and frequently. The group’s system measures blood gases diffusing through the skin and experiences the data without connecting wires. In accordance with WPI, the miniaturized wearable device will likely be flexible and stretchable, wireless, and inexpensive.
Measuring oxygen molecule levels transcutaneously usually involves utilizing a system with an approximately 5lb monitor connected to an electrical outlet, and sensors that generally are wired to the monitor. Guler’s device will use wireless energy transfer. It additionally can be related to the web wirelessly, so an alarm on a monitor in a health care provider’s office or smartphone app would send a notification to medical personnel and family members if the child’s oxygen level begins to fall.
The machine is designed to measure PO2 (partial pressure of oxygen), which signifies the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood – a correct indicator of respiratory health than oxygen saturation measurements, which could be taken with a pulse oximetry device clamped on a finger. According to WPI, measuring PO2 levels through a non-invasive gadget mounted on the skin is as precise as a blood test.
Guler is joining hands with Pratap Rao, associate professor of mechanical engineering at WPI, and Lawrence Rhein, MD, chairperson of the division of pediatrics and an affiliate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.