This blog series is focused on how electronics technology could enhance human health. The quality of human life is correlated to the quality of sleep hours:
“The benefits of good sleep are simpler to understand, compared to the actual concept of sleep. A good nights sleep is essential to feel fresh and active in the morning and during the entire day. It is no surprise that sleeping has always constituted a significant part of our lifestyle, since time immemorial.
Since sleep plays one of the most important role in our lives, anything that disrupts a peaceful sleep is considered a problem. Snoring is one factor that is as a hindrance to a good nights sleep, and therefore, has been widely studied and understood.
Nevertheless, delay in sleep, insomnia and sleep deficiency are relatively newer phenomenon. Introduction of technology in the form of television, mobile devices and tech gadgets have largely been responsible to play havoc with sleep. Evidently, your social media notifications are directly proportionate to the number of hours of sleep one gets every night. As a result, people are growingly feeling lethargic and finding it problematic to concentrate on anything for long.” (Source: ResMed)
Moreover the contribution of electronics technology to the quality of life holds promise to increasingly improve the conditions of life for people needing a continuous respiratory support during sleep hours as well as patients having concerns related to pulmonary issues or nervous system diseases. An example of an application of this concept is the Stellar 150 ventilator made by the ResMed Company (see Figure 1):
“Stellar 150 is ResMed's premium noninvasive ventilator (with invasive capabilities) for patients with changing ventilatory needs or progressive respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), neuromuscular disease (NMD) and obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS). Easy to set up and use, Stellar 150 carefully strikes a balance between providing clinicians with preprogrammed settings that make their job easier, and the opportunity to fine-tune settings when needed to suit each individual patient – a versatile system with its end user in mind. With intelligent backup rate and optional AutoEPAP feature, iVAPS in Stellar 150 continuously monitors ventilation and the upper airway and automatically adjusts to deliver personalized ventilation that accommodates each patient's changing needs” (Source: ResMed)
The features of the Stellar 150 Ventilator made by ResMed. (Source: Stellar-150.pdf)
A good example of the contribution of the electronics technology to the realization of a ventilator system is showed in the below Figure 2:
The disclosure of the structure of a respiratory assistance device (Source: “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy Using Measurements of Speed and Pressure” by Samir S. Ahmad, Leonardo Alberto Baloa Welzien, Enrico Brambilla)
Electronics future developments might influence positively the quality of people’s lives in the coming years. Do you like this type of approach to e-medical care? Do you think it is effective?