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A Novel Simple Internet-Based System for Real Time Monitoring and Optimizing Home Mechanical Ventilation

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6 Author(s)
Dellaca', R.L. ; Dipt. di Bioingegneria, Politec. di Milano, Milan ; Gobbi, A. ; Govoni, L. ; Navajas, D.
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The dissemination of the available telemedicine systems for the optimization of home mechanical ventilation (HMV) is prevented by the need of complex infrastructures. We developed a device which, once connected to Internet through the mobile phone network, allows an authorized physician connected to Internet to monitor the ventilator signals and modify the settings in real-time without the need of external data servers. The system was evaluated during experiments performed by tele-controlling a mechanical ventilator in Barcelona from Milano. A bench study verified the reliability and robustness of the system while an in-vivo test showed that it was possible to monitor and tele-control the ventilator to maintain the oxygen saturation of a rat ventilated in Barcelona subjected to interventions. Given that the system avoids the need for any complex telemedicine architecture and allows an individual and independent ventilator tele-control, it can be a new helpful tool to optimize HMV.

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eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, 2009. eTELEMED '09. International Conference on

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1-7 Feb. 2009