EDDI (Epileptic seizure Detector Designed by IctalCare) uses surface measurements of muscle activity (EMG) in a new context. EMG is a known technology/method, which has been used for many years to measure muscle activity. This known technology has been combined with wireless communication, and an algorithm that captures tonic-clonic epileptic seizures (previously known as grand mal).
The use of a known technology makes our system very reliable. The new combination of using an intelligent algorithm in a wireless system makes the system both portable and reliable – the system provides NEW FREEDOM and SAFETY for both the persons with epilepsy, the relatives, and the care personnel.
EDDI consists of three components; Senses, A-Unit and an electrode shown in the picture below.
Senses is body worn and placed discretely on one upper arm via the electrode with adhesive. Senses monitor 24/7 and will immediately and reliably notify A-Unit if a tonic-clonic epileptic seizure sets in.
IMPORTANT – For EDDI to function optimal it is very important, that you know your epilepsy diagnosis type, and thereby know if you suffer from tonic-clonic seizures. If you are in doubt we recommend you to contact your physician or your hospital where you will be able to get this information.
EDDI stores information. This means that EDDI automatically may function as a diary of tonic-clonic epileptic seizures. This diary could be a great advantage e.g. in dialog with the physician. At the same time it will be easier to get an overview of the number of tonic-clonic seizures on a running basis.
There is a build-in GPS function, which may be activated separately.
A SIM-card is to be placed in the A-Unit. A-Unit can then pass on the alarms directly to the chosen phone. The receiver of the alarm will now know:
- there is an alarm
- location of the person with the tonic-clonic epileptic seizure (based on GPS coordinates)
This function may be a good solution for people with epilepsy who are alone outside their home with the risk of getting a seizure, and where the relatives or care personnel want to be informed in order to react.