Most of the time, breathing is not continuously monitored in nursing or in hospital, especially during sleep. A sensory recording of the respiratory parameters with inconspicuous, external sensor technology can be a solution. By recording the data, the general state of health can be measured, and an early alarm can be given in case of deterioration. As the measurement is contactless, it protects privacy and is hygienic.
Sleep problems can become a health risk. This is because poor sleep increases the risk of daytime sleepiness, for example. This is especially the case with breathing-related sleep problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or sleep apnea. The nocturnal breathing pauses in sleep apnea also carry a high risk of secondary diseases. The contactless respiratory monitoring, developed at the Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA, is aimed at companies in the consumer health sector as well as markets for medical devices for vital data recording. In our Connected Health work area, we develop solutions for health services that can be used flexibly from anywhere and function contactless.