Novel non-contact control system of electric bed for medical healthcare

Chi Chun Lo, Shang-Ho Tsai, Bor-Shyh Lin*

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Abstract

A novel non-contact controller of the electric bed for medical healthcare was proposed in this study. Nowadays, the electric beds are widely used for hospitals and home-care, and the conventional control method of the electric beds usually involves in the manual operation. However, it is more difficult for the disabled and bedridden patients, who might totally depend on others, to operate the conventional electric beds by themselves. Different from the current controlling method, the proposed system provides a new concept of controlling the electric bed via visual stimuli, without manual operation. The disabled patients could operate the electric bed by focusing on the control icons of a visual stimulus tablet in the proposed system. Besides, a wearable and wireless EEG acquisition module was also implemented to monitor the EEG signals of patients. The experimental results showed that the proposed system successfully measured and extracted the EEG features related to visual stimuli, and the disabled patients could operate the adjustable function of the electric bed by themselves to effectively reduce the long-term care burden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-526
Number of pages10
JournalMedical and Biological Engineering and Computing
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Disabled patients
  • Electric bed
  • Medical healthcare
  • Non-contact controller
  • Visual stimulus tablet
  • Wireless EEG acquisition module

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