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Pediatr Res ; 2021 Nov 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34819656

RESUMO

Apnoea, a pause in respiration, is ubiquitous in preterm infants and are often associated with physiological instability, which may lead to longer-term adverse neurodevelopmental consequences. Despite current therapies aimed at reducing the apnoea burden, preterm infants continue to exhibit apnoeic events throughout their hospital admission. Bedside staff are frequently required to manually intervene with different forms of stimuli, with the aim of re-establishing respiratory cadence and minimizing the physiological impact of each apnoeic event. Such a reactive approach makes apnoea and its associated adverse consequences inevitable and places a heavy reliance on human intervention. Different approaches to improving apnoea management in preterm infants have been investigated, including the use of various sensory stimuli. Despite studies reporting sensory stimuli of various forms to have potential in reducing apnoea frequency, non-invasive intermittent positive pressure ventilation is the only automated stimulus currently used in the clinical setting for infants with persistent apnoeic events. We find that the development of automated closed-looped sensory stimulation systems for apnoea mitigation in preterm infants receiving non-invasive respiratory support is warranted, including the possibility of stimulation being applied preventatively, and in a multi-modal form. IMPACT: This review examines the effects of various forms of sensory stimulation on apnoea mitigation in preterm infants, namely localized tactile, generalized kinesthetic, airway pressure, auditory, and olfactory stimulations. Amongst the 31 studies reviewed, each form of sensory stimulation showed some positive effects, although the findings were not definitive and comparative studies were lacking. We find that the development of automated closed-loop sensory stimulation systems for apnoea mitigation is warranted, including the possibility of stimulation being applied preventatively, and in a multi-modal form.

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Early Hum Dev ; 162: 105462, 2021 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34511288

RESUMO

For the preterm infant with respiratory insufficiency requiring supplemental oxygen, tight control of oxygen saturation (SpO2) is advocated, but difficult to achieve in practice. Automated control of oxygen delivery has emerged as a potential solution, with six control algorithms currently embedded in commercially-available respiratory support devices. To date, most clinical evaluations of these algorithms have been short-lived crossover studies, in which a benefit of automated over manual control of oxygen titration has been uniformly noted, along with a reduction in severe SpO2 deviations and need for manual FiO2 adjustments. A single non-randomised study has examined the effect of implementation of automated oxygen control with the CLiO2 algorithm as standard care for preterm infants; no clear benefits in relation to clinical outcomes were noted, although duration of mechanical ventilation was lessened. The results of randomised controlled trials are awaited. Beyond the gathering of evidence regarding a treatment effect, we contend that there is a need for a better understanding of the function of contemporary control algorithms under a range of clinical conditions, further exploration of techniques of adaptation to individualise algorithm performance, and a concerted effort to apply this technology in low resource settings in which the majority of preterm infants receive care. Attainment of these goals will be paramount in optimisation of oxygen therapy for preterm infants globally.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34112721

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OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of two different automated oxygen control devices on target range (TR) time and occurrence of hypoxaemic and hyperoxaemic episodes. DESIGN: Randomised cross-over study. SETTING: Tertiary level neonatal unit in the Netherlands. PATIENTS: Preterm infants (n=15) born between 24+0 and 29+6 days of gestation, receiving invasive or non-invasive respiratory support with oxygen saturation (SpO2) TR of 91%-95%. Median gestational age 26 weeks and 4 days (IQR 25 weeks 3 days-27 weeks 6 days) and postnatal age 19 (IQR 17-24) days. INTERVENTIONS: Inspired oxygen concentration was titrated by the OxyGenie controller (SLE6000 ventilator) and the CLiO2 controller (AVEA ventilator) for 24 hours each, in a random sequence, with the respiratory support mode kept constant. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Time spent within set SpO2 TR (91%-95% with supplemental oxygen and 91%-100% without supplemental oxygen). RESULTS: Time spent within the SpO2 TR was higher during OxyGenie control (80.2 (72.6-82.4)% vs 68.5 (56.7-79.3)%, p<0.005). Less time was spent above TR while in supplemental oxygen (6.3 (5.1-9.9)% vs 15.9 (11.5-30.7)%, p<0.005) but more time spent below TR during OxyGenie control (14.7 (11.8%-17.2%) vs 9.3 (8.2-12.6)%, p<0.05). There was no significant difference in time with SpO2 <80% (0.5 (0.1-1.0)% vs 0.2 (0.1-0.4)%, p=0.061). Long-lasting SpO2 deviations occurred less frequently during OxyGenie control. CONCLUSIONS: The OxyGenie control algorithm was more effective in keeping the oxygen saturation within TR and preventing hyperoxaemia and equally effective in preventing hypoxaemia (SpO2 <80%), although at the cost of a small increase in mild hypoxaemia. TRIAL REGISTRY NUMBER: NCT03877198.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33963005

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of a rapidly responsive adaptive algorithm (VDL1.1) for automated oxygen control in preterm infants with respiratory insufficiency. DESIGN: Interventional cross-over study of a 24-hour period of automated oxygen control compared with aggregated data from two flanking periods of manual control (12 hours each). SETTING: Neonatal intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS: Preterm infants receiving non-invasive respiratory support and supplemental oxygen; median birth gestation 27 weeks (IQR 26-28) and postnatal age 17 (12-23) days. INTERVENTION: Automated oxygen titration with the VDL1.1 algorithm, with the incoming SpO2 signal derived from a standard oximetry probe, and the computed inspired oxygen concentration (FiO2) adjustments actuated by a motorised blender. The desired SpO2 range was 90%-94%, with bedside clinicians able to make corrective manual FiO2 adjustments at all times. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Target range (TR) time (SpO2 90%-94% or 90%-100% if in air), periods of SpO2 deviation, number of manual FiO2 adjustments and oxygen requirement were compared between automated and manual control periods. RESULTS: In 60 cross-over studies in 35 infants, automated oxygen titration resulted in greater TR time (manual 58 (51-64)% vs automated 81 (72-85)%, p<0.001), less time at both extremes of oxygenation and considerably fewer prolonged hypoxaemic and hyperoxaemic episodes. The algorithm functioned effectively in every infant. Manual FiO2 adjustments were infrequent during automated control (0.11 adjustments/hour), and oxygen requirements were similar (manual 28 (25-32)% and automated 26 (24-32)%, p=0.13). CONCLUSION: The VDL1.1 algorithm was safe and effective in SpO2 targeting in preterm infants on non-invasive respiratory support. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ACTRN12616000300471.

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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed ; 106(1): 81-83, 2021 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32796057

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BACKGROUND: Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) can be applied via binasal prongs or nasal masks; both may be associated with air leak and intermittent hypoxia. We investigated whether the latter is more frequent with nasal masks or prongs. METHODS: Continuous 24 hours recordings of inspired oxygen fraction (FiO2), pulse rate, respiratory rate, pulse oximeter saturation (SpO2) and CPAP level were made in preterm infants with respiratory insufficiency (n=20) managed on CPAP in the NICU at the Royal Hobart Hospital. As part of routine care, nasal interfaces were alternated 4-hourly between mask and prongs. In each recording, the first two segments containing at least 3 hours of artefact-free signal for each interface were selected. Recordings were analysed for episodes with hypoxaemia (SpO2 <80% for ≥10 s) and bradycardia (pulse rate <80/min for ≥4 s) and for episodes of pressure loss at the nasal interface. Data were compared using Wilcoxon-matched pairs test and are reported as median (IQR). RESULTS: Infants had a gestational age at birth of 26 (25-27) weeks and postnatal age of 17 (14-24) days. There was no difference in %time with interface leak between prong and mask (0.9 (0-8)% vs 1.1 (0-18)%, p=0.82), %time with SpO2 <80% (0.15 (0-1.2)% vs 0.06 (0-0.8)%, p=0.74) or heart rate <80/min (0.03 (0-0.2)% vs 0 (0-0.2)%, p=0.64). Three infants had interface leak for >10% of the time with prongs and 5 with the mask. CONCLUSION: Both interfaces resulted in a similarly stable provision of positive airway pressure, and there was also no difference in the occurrence of intermittent hypoxia.


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Pressão Positiva Contínua nas Vias Aéreas/instrumentação , Pressão Positiva Contínua nas Vias Aéreas/métodos , Hipóxia/epidemiologia , Feminino , Idade Gestacional , Frequência Cardíaca , Humanos , Lactente Extremamente Prematuro , Recém-Nascido de muito Baixo Peso/fisiologia , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal , Masculino , Oxigênio/sangue , Taxa Respiratória
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Front Pediatr ; 8: 570, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33042915

RESUMO

Apnoea, a pause in respiration, is almost ubiquitous in preterm infants born before completing 30 weeks gestation. Apnoea often begets hypoxemia and/or bradycardia, and has the potential to result in adverse neurodevelopmental consequences. Our current inability to predict apnoeic events in preterm infants requires apnoea to first be detected by monitoring device/s in order to trigger an intervention by bedside (medical or nursing) staff. Such a reactive management approach is laborious, and makes the consequences of apnoeic events inevitable. Recent technological advances and improved signal processing have allowed the possibility of developing prediction models for apnoeic events in preterm infants. However, the development of such models has numerous challenges and is only starting to show potential. This paper identifies requisite components and current gaps in developing prediction models for apnoeic events, and reviews previous studies on predicting apnoeic events in preterm infants.

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Pediatr Pulmonol ; 54(11): 1712-1721, 2019 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31313528

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: The factors influencing the severity of apnea-related hypoxemia and bradycardia are incompletely characterized, especially in infants receiving noninvasive respiratory support. OBJECTIVES: To identify the frequency and predictors of physiological instability (hypoxemia-oxygen saturation (SpO2 ) <80%, or bradycardia-heart rate (HR) < 100 bpm) following respiratory pauses in infants receiving noninvasive respiratory support. METHODS: Respiratory pause duration, derived from capsule pneumography, was measured in 30 preterm infants of gestation 30 (24-32) weeks [median (interquartile range)] receiving noninvasive respiratory support and supplemental oxygen. For identified pauses of 5 to 29 seconds duration, we measured the magnitude and duration of SpO2 and HR reductions over a period starting at the pause onset and ending 60 seconds after resumption of breathing. Temporally clustered pauses (<60 seconds separation) were analyzed separately. The relative contribution of respiratory pauses to overall physiological instability was determined, and predictors of instability were sought in regression analysis, including demographic, clinical and situational variables as inputs. RESULTS: In total, 17 105 isolated and 9180 clustered pauses were identified. Hypoxemia and bradycardia were more likely after longer duration and temporally-clustered pauses. However, the majority of such episodes occurred after 5 to 9 second pauses given their numerical preponderance, and short-lived pauses made a substantial contribution to physiological instability overall. Birth gestation, hemoglobin concentration, form of respiratory support, caffeine treatment, respiratory pause duration and temporal clustering were identified as predictors of instability. CONCLUSIONS: Brief respiratory pauses, especially when clustered, contribute substantially to hypoxemia and bradycardia in preterm infants.


Assuntos
Apneia/fisiopatologia , Bradicardia/etiologia , Hipóxia/etiologia , Doenças do Prematuro/fisiopatologia , Recém-Nascido Prematuro/fisiologia , Apneia/complicações , Frequência Cardíaca , Humanos , Hipóxia/fisiopatologia , Recém-Nascido , Estudos Prospectivos , Respiração
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J Med Syst ; 41(9): 134, 2017 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28755269

RESUMO

Imaging systems have applications in patient respiratory monitoring but with limited application in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). In this paper we propose an algorithm to automatically detect the torso in an image of a preterm infant during non-invasive respiratory monitoring. The algorithm uses normalised cut to segment each image into clusters, followed by two fuzzy inference systems to detect the nappy and torso. Our dataset comprised overhead images of 16 preterm infants in a NICU, with uncontrolled illumination, and encompassing variations in poses, presence of medical equipment and clutter in the background. The algorithm successfully identified the torso region for 15 of the 16 images, with a high agreement between the detected torso and the torso identified by clinical experts.


Assuntos
Tronco , Algoritmos , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Recém-Nascido Prematuro , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal
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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed ; 102(1): F37-F43, 2017 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27573518

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of a novel rapidly responsive proportional-integral-derivative (PID) algorithm for automated oxygen control in preterm infants with respiratory insufficiency. DESIGN: Interventional study of a 4-hour period of automated oxygen control compared with combined data from two flanking periods of manual control (4 hours each). SETTING: Neonatal intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS: Preterm infants (n=20) on non-invasive respiratory support and supplemental oxygen, with oxygen saturation (SpO2) target range 90%-94% (manual control) and 91%-95% (automated control). Median gestation at birth 27.5 weeks (IQR 26-30 weeks), postnatal age 8.0 (1.8-34) days. INTERVENTION: Automated oxygen control using a standalone device, receiving SpO2 input from a standard oximeter and computing alterations to oxygen concentration that were actuated with a modified blender. The PID algorithm was enhanced to avoid iatrogenic hyperoxaemia and adapt to the severity of lung dysfunction. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Proportion of time in the SpO2 target range, or above target range when in air. RESULTS: Automated oxygen control resulted in more time in the target range or above in air (manual 56 (48-63)% vs automated 81 (76-90)%, p<0.001) and less time at both extremes of oxygenation. Prolonged episodes of hypoxaemia and hyperoxaemia were virtually eliminated. The control algorithm showed benefit in every infant. Manual changes to oxygen therapy were infrequent during automated control (0.24/hour vs 2.3/hour during manual control), and oxygen requirements were unchanged (automated control period 27%, manual 27% and 26%, p>0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The novel PID algorithm was very effective for automated oxygen control in preterm infants, and deserves further investigation.


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Pressão Positiva Contínua nas Vias Aéreas/métodos , Doenças do Prematuro/terapia , Recém-Nascido Prematuro , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal , Oxigenoterapia/métodos , Oxigênio/administração & dosagem , Insuficiência Respiratória/terapia , Algoritmos , Automação , Estudos Cross-Over , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Oximetria/métodos , Resultado do Tratamento
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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed ; 102(1): F31-F36, 2017 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27634820

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of a novel algorithm for automated oxygen control using a simulation of oxygenation founded on in vivo data from preterm infants. METHODS: A proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control algorithm was enhanced by (i) compensation for the non-linear SpO2-PaO2 relationship, (ii) adaptation to the severity of lung dysfunction and (iii) error attenuation within the target range. Algorithm function with and without enhancements was evaluated by iterative linking with a computerised simulation of oxygenation. Data for this simulation (FiO2 and SpO2 at 1 Hz) were sourced from extant recordings from preterm infants (n=16), and converted to a datastream of values for ventilation:perfusion ratio and shunt. Combination of this datastream second by second with the FiO2 values from the algorithm under test produced a sequence of novel SpO2 values, allowing time in the SpO2 target range (91%-95%) and in various degrees of hypoxaemia and hyperoxaemia to be determined. A PID algorithm with 30 s lockout after each FiO2 adjustment, and a proportional-derivative (PD) algorithm were also evaluated. RESULTS: Separate addition of each enhancing feature to the PID algorithm showed a benefit, but not with uniformly positive effects. The fully enhanced algorithm was optimal for the combination of targeting the desired SpO2 range and avoiding time in, and episodes of, hypoxaemia and hyperoxaemia. This algorithm performed better than one with a 30 s lockout, and considerably better than PD control. CONCLUSIONS: An enhanced PID algorithm was very effective for automated oxygen control in a simulation of oxygenation, and deserves clinical evaluation.


Assuntos
Algoritmos , Automação/métodos , Doenças do Prematuro/terapia , Recém-Nascido Prematuro , Oxigenoterapia/métodos , Oxigênio/administração & dosagem , Respiração Artificial/métodos , Feminino , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Oximetria
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Neonatology ; 109(1): 37-43, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26554825

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Oxygen saturation (SpO2) targeting in the preterm infant may be improved with a better understanding of the SpO2 responses to changes in inspired oxygen (FiO2). OBJECTIVE: We investigated the first-order FiO2-SpO2 relationship, aiming to quantify the parameters governing that relationship, the influences on these parameters and their variability. METHODS: In recordings of FiO2 and SpO2 from preterm infants on continuous positive airway pressure and supplemental oxygen, we identified unique FiO2 adjustments and mapped the subsequent SpO2 responses. For responses identified as first-order, the delay, time constant and gain parameters were determined. Clinical and physiological predictors of these parameters were sought in regression analysis, and intra- and inter-subject variability was evaluated. RESULTS: In 3,788 h of available data from 47 infants at 31 (28-33) post-menstrual weeks [median (interquartile range)], we identified 993 unique FiO2 adjustments followed by a first-order SpO2 response. All response parameters differed between FiO2 increments and decrements, with increments having a shorter delay, longer time constant and higher gain [2.9 (1.7-4.8) vs. 1.3 (0.58-2.6), p < 0.05]. Gain was also higher in less mature infants and in the setting of recent SpO2 instability, and was diminished with increasing severity of lung dysfunction. Intra-subject variability in all parameters was prominent. CONCLUSIONS: First-order SpO2 responses show variable gain, influenced by the direction of FiO2 adjustment and the severity of lung disease, as well as substantial intra-subject parameter variability. These findings should be taken into account in adjustment of FiO2 for SpO2 targeting in preterm infants.


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Pressão Positiva Contínua nas Vias Aéreas/métodos , Recém-Nascido Prematuro , Oximetria/métodos , Oxigenoterapia/métodos , Oxigênio/análise , Humanos , Recém-Nascido
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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed ; 100(5): F436-8, 2015 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26054970

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Oxygen saturation (SpO2) signal dropout leaves caregivers without a reliable measure to guide oxygen therapy. We studied SpO2 dropout in preterm infants on continuous positive airway pressure, noting the SpO2 values at signal loss and recovery and thus the resultant change in SpO2, and the factors influencing this parameter. In 32 infants of median gestation 26 weeks, a total of 3932 SpO2 dropout episodes were identified (1.1 episodes/h). In the episodes overall, SpO2 decreased by 1.1%, with the SpO2 change influenced by starting SpO2 (negative correlation), but not dropout duration. For episodes starting in hypoxia (SpO2 <85%), SpO2 recovered at a median of 3.2% higher than at SpO2 dropout, with a downward trajectory in a quarter of cases. We conclude that after signal dropout SpO2 generally recovers in a relative normoxic range. Blind FiO2 adjustments are thus unlikely to be of benefit during most SpO2 dropout episodes.


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Pressão Positiva Contínua nas Vias Aéreas , Hiperóxia/prevenção & controle , Hipóxia/prevenção & controle , Doenças do Prematuro/prevenção & controle , Oximetria/instrumentação , Falha de Equipamento , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Recém-Nascido Prematuro
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J Pediatr ; 164(4): 730-736.e1, 2014 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24433828

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OBJECTIVE: The precision of oxygen saturation (SpO2) targeting in preterm infants on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is incompletely characterized. We therefore evaluated SpO2 targeting in infants solely receiving CPAP, aiming to describe their SpO2 profile, to document the frequency of prolonged hyperoxia and hypoxia episodes and of fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) adjustments, and to explore the relationships with neonatal intensive care unit operational factors. STUDY DESIGN: Preterm infants <37 weeks' gestation in 2 neonatal intensive care units were studied if they were receiving CPAP and in supplemental oxygen at the beginning of each 24-hour recording. SpO2, heart rate, and FiO2 were recorded (sampling interval 1-2 seconds). We measured the proportion of time spent in predefined SpO2 ranges, the frequency of prolonged episodes (≥30 seconds) of SpO2 deviation, and the effect of operational factors including nurse-patient ratio. RESULTS: A total of 4034 usable hours of data were recorded from 45 infants of gestation 30 (27-32) weeks (median [IQR]). When requiring supplemental oxygen, infants were in the target SpO2 range (88%-92%) for only 31% (19%-39%) of total recording time, with 48 (6.9-90) episodes per 24 hours of severe hyperoxia (SpO2 ≥98%), and 9.0 (1.6-21) episodes per 24 hours of hypoxia (SpO2 <80%). An increased frequency of prolonged hyperoxia in supplemental oxygen was noted when nurses were each caring for more patients. Adjustments to FiO2 were made 25 (16-41) times per day. CONCLUSION: SpO2 targeting is challenging in preterm infants receiving CPAP support, with a high proportion of time spent outside the target range and frequent prolonged hypoxic and hyperoxic episodes.


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Pressão Positiva Contínua nas Vias Aéreas/métodos , Recém-Nascido Prematuro , Oxigênio/administração & dosagem , Feminino , Humanos , Hiperóxia/metabolismo , Hipóxia/metabolismo , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Oxigênio/metabolismo , Estudos Prospectivos
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-22254767

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The extended period many people now spend looking at computer screens is thought to affect eyesight over the long term. In this paper we are concerned with developing and initial evaluation of a wireless camera-based tracking system providing quantitative assessment of computer screen interaction. The system utilizes a stereo camera system and wireless XBee based infrared markers and enables unobtrusive monitoring. Preliminary results indicate that the system is an excellent method of monitoring eye-screen distance. This type of system will enable future studies of eye-screen distance for computer users.


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Actigrafia/instrumentação , Terminais de Computador , Monitorização Ambulatorial/instrumentação , Fenômenos Fisiológicos Oculares , Fotogrametria/instrumentação , Interface Usuário-Computador , Testes Visuais/instrumentação , Astenopia/prevenção & controle , Desenho de Equipamento , Análise de Falha de Equipamento , Humanos
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-21097093

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A single camera stereographic imaging system was designed, built and tested for the intended application of tracking upper limb motion. The system consisted of a camera, quad-mirror system and image acquisition and processing software. This paper describes the design methods used and the testing of the system. Design methods included geometry optimisation and testing consisted of proof-of-concept trials. Preliminary results show that the concept is sound.


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Braço/fisiologia , Movimento , Fotografação , Humanos
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-19963761

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This paper describes the design of a medication dispenser developed for narcotic rehabilitation programs. The dispenser holds up to four doses of medication and operates under remote supervision. A direct-into-mouth dispensing mechanism is a feature of the device. The mechanical dispenser mechanism includes a rotating barrel, medication tubes and dispensing slider unit. The electronic design involves a microprocessor PIC18F4550, stepper-motors, sensing devices a LabVIEW-based computer interface for remote supervisory control and monitoring. The dispenser stores medication and successfully delivers it directly into the mouth under remote supervision.


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Esquema de Medicação , Transtornos Relacionados ao Uso de Substâncias/reabilitação , Desenho de Equipamento , Humanos
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-19162772

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Low bandwidth has long been a reason for the unsuitability of wireless internet in telemedicine. However with the advent of extended third generation wireless as an economically accessible high speed network, more opportunities are being created in this area of telemedicine. This paper explores the opportunity created by the latest wireless broadband technology for remote monitoring of patients in the home.


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Telefone Celular , Redes de Comunicação de Computadores , Diagnóstico por Computador/métodos , Consulta Remota/métodos , Software , Terapia Assistida por Computador/métodos , Interface Usuário-Computador
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-18002810

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Assessment of opioid dependent patients in a replacement program has traditionally relied on conventional methods such as urine testing or face to face examination with a physician. We are introducing new assessment techniques based on pupillometry, reaction time and slurring of speech. The pupillometry test uses a webcam, controlled lighting and customized software to measure pupil parameters. The reaction time test uses a push-button to detect time to respond to a visual stimulus. The slurred speech test involves detection of slurring of a set of individual test words. These three tests will be combined to provide the physician with an objective "sedation index" for patients. These techniques will be used with remote dispensing technology currently under development.


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Sistemas de Apoio a Decisões Clínicas , Diagnóstico por Computador/métodos , Transtornos Relacionados ao Uso de Opioides/diagnóstico , Exame Físico/métodos , Software , Interface Usuário-Computador , Humanos , Design de Software , Medida da Produção da Fala/métodos , Testes Visuais/métodos
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