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Saving Lives One Breath At A Time

Design # 1:

ur team envisioned a sensor that would detect changes in the levels of carbon dioxide in a child’s exhaled gases.  However, after talking to Andrew Miller, MD, we learned that once carbon dioxide levels increase to where they can be detected by a sensor, the child would already be in a critical condition. The discussion caused us to search the web for other exhaled gases that could be used as a marker.

Design # 2:
We considered having the detector in the bracelet be connected to a cell phone.  The cell phone would transmit the data to a caregiver or medical professional, alerting them of an upcoming attack.  We realized that this would be impractical because some schools do not allow cell phones, or children may forget the cell phone.  In addition, some children do not own cell phones, and the children that do often forget to charge the phones.  Also, reception in some areas may be poor, and the cell phone would not have service to connect to the caregiver or nurse.  

Design # 3:
e discovered interesting information called Smart Holograms.  These holograms are currently used to detect blood alcohol levels and the blood glucose levels in diabetics.  Our team thought that this might be helpful in detecting carbon dioxide levels in the blood.  We decided against using holograms when we realized that carbon dioxide was not the best chemical marker for our ASMS. 



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