The Sensor Project?
We have pioneered the use of oxygen saturation as a tool for identifying women and children at risk of life threatening complications of diseases such as pre-eclampsia and pneumonia.
Early identification of health risks by combining the oxygen saturation sensor and other sensors and integrating this information into smart mobile applications will help save lives. It will enable community healthcare workers to recommend interventions and individuals at home to seek healthcare, before complications arise.
We wish to get these sensors and apps to women and children everywhere. Each $100 donated to The Sensor Project will purchase the development, deployment and user training of one sensor.
Many hospitals around the world do not have any sensors – even for use during anesthesia. We wish to make our sensors available in hospitals and clinics – especially in resource poor and remote areas where these devices have not been available.
What is a medical sensor?
A medical sensor is an electronic medical device that is able to measure one or multiple specific physical properties of your body. This could include temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen level (oxygen saturation), activity level, sleep quality and duration and airway flow, for example. These sensors are routinely used during anesthesia and when in hospital in high income countries.
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What is our first initiative?
The initial project will be to fund oxygen saturation sensors for use in screening women with pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy). In recent research we have clearly demonstrated that the measurement of oxygen saturation will identify 20% more women at risk of developing the complications of pre-eclampsia when used in addition to other clinical signs and symptoms. We have a time limited and unique opportunity to test this intervention in a rigorous randomized trial in over 20 000 women in 4 low to middle income countries at a very low additional cost. We estimate that even within the trial we can save an additional 350 maternal, fetal and newborn lives within 2 years.
The funds will be used for purchasing sensors at a reduced, volume rate from LionsGate Technologies, and for the training of community health workers. Subsequent donations made to The Sensor Project will be used to supply sensors for additional projects in low resource settings including childhood pneumonia, sepsis, asthma and anesthesia. Donations in excess of $5000 may be directed towards specific projects at the donor’s request.
The Sensor Project will become a gateway for moving UBC’s groundbreaking research on new and innovative sensors, from discovery to reality.