Front-line clinicians have reported that different respiratory stiffness results in different COVID-19 patient conditions on ventilators. In this project, we test and improve NovaResp’s monitoring hardware and analyze the collected data for development of algorithms with focus on respiratory stiffness of patients with COVID-19. The resulting algorithms and monitoring device could lead to determine whether patients need to be intubated, and when under ventilation, what ventilatory settings need to be applied for better patient outcome.
The gold standard of treatment for patients with sleep apnea are Positive-airway-pressure (PAP) machines. PAPs provide a one-size-fits-all solution of providing the same therapy in terms of airflow to every patient and every breath. This causes frustration and discomfort for patients, therefore patients dont purchase PAPs or purchase and dont use them; leading to 4 times higher chances of stroke and 3 times higher chances of heart attacks as well as huge costs on the healthcare system.
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