Who: Patients with Epilepsy
Providing Early Seizure Warnings to Those Living with Epilepsy
There is estimated to be around between 1.3M and 2.8M people living with epilepsy in the United States, with over 1 in 26 developing the condition sometime in their lifetime1. According to a recent study from the Journal of Epilepsy and Behavior, deaths caused by epilepsy have increased by 47% from 2005 to 20142. Some of these deaths are due to complications during and after the seizure, while others are due to accidents such as falls or drowning.
Almost everyone knows someone with epilepsy, and when a seizure occurs, out of nowhere, they fall to the ground in convulsions – creating terrifying and dangerous experience for not only the epileptic but also for those around them. To solve this problem, our team integrated a new wearable device with the ability to sense a seizure 30 minutes before the onset of visible symptoms. Then, we created a warning system for the wearer to allow them time to get into a safe position and/or seek medical assistance.
This project is only in its’ initial stage, but already users are feeling better about traveling and performing tasks which previously created anxiety due to safety concerns. We see this technology helping everyday people as well as improving patient care in medical facilities.
1. Epilepsy Foundation of America, 2014. http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/epilepsy-statistics
2. Epilepsy by the Numbers, Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 69, 28–30 http://www.epilepsybehavior.com/article/S1525-5050(17)30046-X/fulltext