Development of custom-made interfaces for children using Non-Invasive ventilation (NIV) – funded by NIHR i4i. Bespoke solutions using 3D imaging and printing technology are under development in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, Devices for Dignity Med-tech Co-operative and Materialise Ltd. Clinical trials of the prototype are taking place later this year.
Contactless Portable Respiratory Monitor (CPRM) – funded by NIHR i4i and The Children’s Hospital Charity. A hand-held, non-contact prototype device for measuring respiratory rate in children has been developed and evaluated in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield.
Activ8rlives’ technology to support self-care in children with asthma – funded by SBRI Healthcare, led by Aseptika Ltd. A self-care solution with adherence monitoring and educational support is under development and clinical trials at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This is building on the STAR asthma adherence project (Morton RW, Elphick HE et al. Thorax 2017) which demonstrated that adherence to asthma medication resulted in fewer courses of oral steroids and fewer hospital admissions.
Thermal imaging, in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University. Thermal imaging has been shown in a series of PhD projects at SHU to be an accurate method of measuring respiratory rate. Sophisticated algorithms have been developed to accommodate head movement which have improved the method’s accuracy. A further application in respiratory medicine is evaluation of airflow in children with apnoeas and this work is underway, funded by the Children’s Hospital Charity.