UdeC technology hopes to improve palliative care

UdeC technology hopes to improve palliative care

Similar to the one normally found on the bed, but capable of measuring various health variables during use. That’s how it is non-invasive monitoring sheet created at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Concepción (UdeC), as part of a research and development line led by a doctor stephen pine, Director of the Center for Engineering for Life (CIV) and Biomedical Civil Engineering career graduate.

Technology that, after signing a trial license on March 25, wants to make a significant step with the Validation of use for cancer patients in palliative care, in a process carried out jointly with the scientifically and technologically oriented company health tracker, that provides healthcare services and patient management.


Respiration rate, heart rate, apneas, temperature, blood pressure and movements They are variables measured by electronic sensors embedded in the cotton sheet that is installed on the user’s mattress and where the pressure exerted on it sends signals that are monitored. In this project, data from bedridden patients in palliative medicine are sent to the Beginning.

In this way, Fernando MorenoCo-founder and CEO of the company underlines this “In this group of patients, it is relevant to assess their mobility and respiratory rate. Mobility for the degree of functionality and reducing the rate of deterioration, also prevents pressure ulcers and on the other hand, the respiratory rate gives the treating physicians useful information for the administration of opioids.”

According to Esteban Pino “Incorporating this technology can improve care“, especially for patients who are going through a complex phase of their illness and life continuous information is obtained by a non-invasive methodresulting in better monitoring and decision-making on the need to attend to or attend to emergency situations, reduce inconvenience through controls, and protect users’ well-being and quality of life.

development history

This was a long term project and thanks to the contribution of many students who passed with their memory projects in Biomedical Civil Engineering“, points out Dr. Pino points out the story of the device, which continues to evolve and the search for one began more than five years ago alternative system for sleep studies, which are usually performed with polysomnography.

The idea, he says, was to create a solution that creates better conditions to assess the quality of sleep and detect disorders that materialize in the comfort and imperceptibility that a sheet fulfills. So it was developed and tested with promising results in this application and other studied applications, among which it is mentioned: “Detecting apnea in babies and preventing pressure ulcers in elderly bedridden in long-term centers“.

The latest, and the one that could bear the richest fruit, was the current test, as the scientist believes validation can lead to a quantum leap in knowledge and technology transfer for the device’s impact to go from potential to real in terms of contributing to well-being of people and that it is amplified when it is transformed into a product.

Great desire of the group, which recognizes the value of an innovative technology and which the researcher defines as easy to manufacture, scale, integrate and use in different applications to bring important benefits. “We always thought it had very good potential. Most housebound people are cared for by informal caregivers such as relatives who are untrained. And if, for example, we could monitor and warn in time that the position is not changed often enough or the person is agitated or unwell, It is very valuable information that would enable better care and help informal caregivers or companies providing the service.“, conclude.