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Bed sensors to monitor cardiac activity (Courtesy of U. Missouri)

Researchers at the University of Missouri have been testing the benefits of non-invasive, contact-free bed sensors for the health of elderly people living in a retirement community.

The sensors continuously monitor heart rate, respiration rate and overall cardiac activity. A hydraulic transducer, a flexible tube of water, measures the mechanical effects of blood flow in the circulatory system. In the study, four hydraulic transducers were placed under a mattress to capture participants’ cardiac data.

According to the researchers, continuous heart rate monitoring provides a significant benefit for older adults. It also identifies sleep patterns, whose variations can constitute an early sign of illness.

About the Author

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.

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