Breathing Feedback System with Wearable Textile Sensors

Mitchell, Edmond and Coyle, Shirley and O’Connor, Noel E. and Diamond, Dermot and Ward, Tomas (2010) Breathing Feedback System with Wearable Textile Sensors. Body Sensor Networks (BSN), 2010 International Conference on . ISBN: 978-1-4244-5817-2. pp. 56-61.

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Breathing exercises form an essential part of the treatment for respiratory illnesses such as cystic fibrosis. Ideally these exercises should be performed on a daily basis. This paper presents an interactive system using a wearable textile sensor to monitor breathing patterns. A graphical user interface provides visual real-time feedback to patients. The aim of the system is to encourage the correct performance of prescribed breathing exercises by monitoring the rate and the depth of breathing. The system is straightforward to use, low-cost and can be installed easily within a clinical setting or in the home. Monitoring the user with a wearable sensor gives real-time feedback to the user as they perform the exercise, allowing them to perform the exercises independently. There is also potential for remote monitoring where the user’s overall performance over time can be assessed by a clinician.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is supported by Science Foundation Ireland under grant 07/CE/I1147. We would like to thank the staff at the The William Stokes Institute, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland.
Keywords: body sensor networks; diseases; feedback; graphical user interfaces; patient monitoring; patient treatment; pneumodynamics; textiles;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
Item ID: 2406
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1109/BSN.2010.31
Depositing User: Dr Tomas Ward
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 16:43
Journal or Publication Title: Body Sensor Networks (BSN), 2010 International Conference on . ISBN: 978-1-4244-5817-2
Publisher: IEEE
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Science Foundation Ireland

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