A new device being developed by researchers at the University of Southampton and Great Ormond Street Hospital is designed to optimise the effectiveness of chest physiotherapy techniques on babies and children suffering from breathing difficulties.
Senior Physiotherapist Tracey Pond uses the new sensing mat in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampotn General Hospital
Rachael Gregson, a Research Fellow at the University’s School of Medicine and Great Ormond Street Hospital is leading the research and has developed an innovative sensing mat to measure chest physiotherapy.
Rachael says that although chest physiotherapy has been in use for over 40 years, treatments may vary significantly among practitioners leading to differing levels of effectiveness: ‘Current techniques used are unquantified and their effects on the child’s breathing have not been fully assessed. The sensing mat we have designed is fixed over the child’s chest wall and will measure the pressure between the hand giving the physiotherapy and the chest wall. The child’s breathing will be monitored before, during and after the treatment to discover any changes.’
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