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High heart rate alarm

High heart rate alarmThe client, a young 11 year old child with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, can have a silent fit whilst asleep. This is accompanied with a dramatic increase in heart rate and immediate medical attention is required. To alert the parent, a high heart rate alarm has been suggested.

The client will not tolerate wired electrodes and so a sports heart rate transmitter has been modified to detect and transmit the heart rate signals to a small receiver below the child’s mattress. A co-ax cable connects the receiver to a unit at the parent’s bedside which produces an alarm if the heart rate exceeds a predetermined level.

The client’s parents feel much more confident that they will be able to respond to an emergency in the night.

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