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Smart wearable device monitors high-risk postpartum women - Advanced Science News

March 14, 2024
Advanced Science News
Summary
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois have developed a cloud-integrated wearable device aimed at monitoring high-risk postpartum women during the vulnerable first weeks after childbirth. This innovative device, designed to be worn over the sternum, measures critical health parameters such as heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and blood pressure, allowing for real-time health monitoring and the potential early detection of postpartum complications. The device, tested on a group of 20 postpartum Black women, enables doctors to remotely monitor patients and intervene promptly if any health issues are detected. Emphasized for its comfort and ease of wear compared to traditional hospital monitoring devices, this technology promises to improve postpartum care, especially for underserved populations, by offering continuous, accessible health monitoring and potentially saving lives.
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