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IJSTR >> Volume 8 - Issue 2, February 2019 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



Wearable Sensors: A Step Towards Smart Monitoring Of High Risk Pregnancies

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AUTHOR(S)

Ritika, Anandhi Ramachandran

 

KEYWORDS

maternal health care, maternal risk factors, remote monitoring, sensor integration, child birth, wearable body sensor network

 

ABSTRACT

Maternal and infant health is a global healthcare problem affecting developing and developed countries alike. Pregnancy complications increase the risk of maternal and infant death, and are associated with adverse outcomes such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and preterm birth. Women going through high-risk pregnancies may require complex care involving lifestyle modifications, pharmacological and technical support and even hospitalization. Recent advances in wearable sensor technologies offer new opportunities to accurately monitor the high risk pregnancy cases as the demand for wearable and remote patient monitoring systems is increasing worldwide. In this paper, extensive literature review was carried out related to the monitoring of high risk pregnancy and use of wearable sensors related to childbirth. This enables authors to close the information gap regarding feasibility of using wearable sensors for monitoring mother and child health to ensure a safe delivery. Further based on the information collected and collated a theoretical framework is proposed for the use of wearable sensors in remote monitoring of high risk pregnancy. Thus the integrated system enables healthcare worker to do continuous monitoring of vital parameters of pregnant women through wearable sensors. This will improve timely communication between relevant stakeholders and help in reducing maternal mortality occurring due to lack of timely help.

 

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