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On the 31st of March, EFA presented the requirements of asthma and COPD patients at risk of physical failure in a Nightingale project event. The Nightingale project  has the objective to meet the need for a better monitoring of vital signs in high-risk patients both in general hospital wards and at home. 

Airway obstructions and respiratory failure, as well as other serious conditions such as altered consciousness, internal bleeding and cardiac arrest can lead to dramatic effects if not detected in time.

The Nightingale project  has the objective to meet the need for a better monitoring of vital signs in high-risk patients both in general hospital wards and at home. On March 31st Nightingale organised the first Open Market Consultation to communicate to different suppliers the goals of the project and how these will be achieved. EFA was a panelist in the event.

EFA’s Project Manager Giuseppe de Carlo presented the needs, perspective and the requirements of asthma and COPD patients at high risk of physical failure. Giuseppe adviced on keeping the patients’ needs at the center when establishing a pathway for the development of user-centered systems. The consultation with patient groups will continue during the project lifecycle through an advisory board.

Consult Giuseppe’s presentation here.

The consortium partners of the Nightingale project are working to develop a wireless sensors-based system that connects the high-risk patient at home with the healthcare professionals at the hospital, and generates alerts when vital signs show instability, allowing early recognition of deterioration and timely treatment.