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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 3591059, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3591059
Research Article

Development of a Medical Care Terminal for Efficient Monitoring of Bedridden Subjects

1ALGORITMI Research Centre, Industrial Electronics Department, University of Minho, Campus of Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
2Lusíada University, Largo Tinoco de Sousa, 4760-108 Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
3Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Campus of IPCA, 4750-810 Barcelos, Portugal
4MEtRICs Research Centre, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Minho, Campus of Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal

Received 30 November 2015; Revised 13 April 2016; Accepted 14 April 2016

Academic Editor: İlker Bekir Topçu

Copyright © 2016 Filipe Pereira et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This work is developed in the context of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and has as main objective the development of a mechatronic system that allows the care of bedridden patients with ongoing medical care handled by a single person. The developed Medical Care Terminal (MCT) improves autonomy in home care, safety, comfort, and hygiene of bedridden patients. The MCT has six biomedical sensors and four environmental sensors. Data acquisition and processing is performed using Arduino and LabVIEW platforms, respectively. The proposed solution has, as main feature, its adaptability to the patient needs. One of the MCT functionalities is the remote access to the patient data through the web. The caregiver may request help from a specialist who sends back information in real time to perform first aid assistance. This device has a flexible configuration allowing a fast and cheap reconfiguration according the specific needs of the patient. The proposed mechatronic system intends to meet the needs of bedridden patients improving their quality of life, health, safety, and comfort, while enabling the remote monitoring of the patients.