Pulseguard

A heart-rate monitoring system that detects silent seizures and raises the alarm

Adris Technologies Ltd researches, develops and creates technologies to aid people with epilepsy and heart conditions. Pulseguard was developed by the company’s founders, a husband and wife team, for their epileptic son. The nonintrusive system gathers heart rate data round-the-clock, which can be checked from a remote screen.

Adrian Perry

Adrian is Head of Research and Development at Adris Technologies Ltd.


"PulseGuard has made such a difference - I can now stop the fits in next to no time."

Matt Daniels, father of PulseGuard user

The challenge

In the UK alone there are 600,000 people with epilepsy. 70% of these are children who experience silent seizures often with no movement, preventing them from being able to use standard epilepsy detection alarms.

PulseGuard ™ was inspired by Adris Technologies owners Adrian and Sue Perry one morning in 2012. They were reviewing footage of their son Tom’s seizure activity from the previous night. Tom has Dravet Syndrome and generally only has seizures in his sleep. Sue and Adrian had a seizure alarm under Tom’s mattress to detect movements and a monitor to detect noise. They also had a CCTV camera to review the previous night’s seizures, if any. It was during the playback that morning they discovered they had missed a seizure where nothing was detected.

The aim of the project

ulseGuard was born to help Tom and others like him. It does not work in the same way as standard epilepsy detection alarms. Instead it tracks changes in heart rate, enabling detection of seizures when there is no visible evidence a seizure is occurring.

Positive outcomes

The team is working with local authorities, occupational therapists, nurses, consultants and charities to help raise awareness and funding. They hope to provide the product globally so families everywhere can benefit.

The team has sold over 150 units and has many testimonials. Nominet Trust provided initial funding in 2015, and invested further in 2016 to help the team take PulseGuard ™ t to the next level, and protect against preventable deaths in residential or care home settings.

 

Further Resources

To find out more about Pulseguard visit their website.

https://www.pulseguard.org