[WORLDKINGS - Ideastime] Daily Highlights 03 November, 2023 – Lung-listening wearable could provide early warnings of COPD flareups

03-11-2023

(Wcsa.world) When a respiratory patient's COPD flares up, the outcome can be highly debilitating – potentially even fatal. A new wearable known as the Sylvee is claimed to detect such exacerbations early, so they can be dealt with before it's too late.

Currently in functional prototype form, the device is being developed by California-based startup Samay. It's named after CEO Dr. Maria Artunduaga's grandmother, Sylvia, who died of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) complications.

 

The wearable gets taped to the patient's chest, where it continuously monitors the acoustic resonance of the lungs as the person goes about their daily routine. It's wirelessly linked to an accompanying app on the user's smartphone or tablet, which utilizes AI-based algorithms to analyze the received signal.

 

If the device detects the telltale sound of "air trapping" as the patient breathes, it sounds an alert via the app. Air trapping is a condition is which air doesn't leave the lungs as the person exhales. It's strongly linked to COPD exacerbations, and importantly, it typically begins up to several days before other symptoms appear.

 

According to newatlas

https://newatlas.com/medical/sylvee-copd-exacerbations/

 

Yun Ruan (Editor) - World Creativity Science Academy - WCSA