Each year, it is estimated that several thousand epilepsy patients in the United States alone will die or suffer severe brain damage from an unattended epileptic seizure.
Epilepsy is an incurable condition that especially affects two vulnerable population groups — young children and people over the age of 65 — and although it can be controlled by medication, seizures are often unpredictable and always frightening.
There is an urgent need for patients to be able to notify caregivers or medical staff about the onset of a seizure. Studies have shown that getting care during a seizure can prevent many more serious problems from occurring. However, someone in the grip of an attack, particularly a child, cannot call for help.
This could all be about to change with the development of a new medical device by an Israeli startup. Known as EpiLert, the device comprises a bracelet that automatically sends an alert signal to caregivers when a person goes into an epileptic seizure.
EpiLert is based on a sensor that can detect the limb movements associated with an epileptic convulsion. The sensor uses a proprietary algorithm developed by a team led by electronics engineer Amos Shaham, co-founder of BioLert, the company developing EpiLert.