In the ever evolving digital age people are constantly on the look out for the most cutting edge technology, that offers the best usability along with reliability, cost effectiveness and sleek design. PulseGuard offers this all.

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This week we are celebrating 25 years since we launched our first version of our Companion product and the start of our journey of product innovation through to our full range of alarms and monitoring solutions that we have today. We are also celebrating the life of our founder David Godfrey who sadly passed away at this time last year.

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PulseGuard is the multi-award-winning seizure monitor that has been taking the world by storm since it launched in 2014.

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Customers all over the world have been touched by the story behind PulseGuard, as well as its innovative design, as it was developed not by a large corporate company, but by a UK family so desperate to find a system to safeguard their son after all other systems on the market failed to detect most of his seizures. They poured their life savings and time into developing PulseGuard and in turn not only helped themselves but help other families globally from constant worries and sleepless nights.

PulseGuard’s cutting-edge technology made it the first system of it’s kind to hit the epilepsy market. measuring heart rate changes in the body using the small lightweight wireless sensor, rather than more traditional movement/ moisture or sound monitors, PulseGuard can detect even the smallest of seizures that create no outward signs of a seizure and may have before been easily missed.

The PulseGuard software continuously references the user’s heart rate and using the parameters uniquely set for each individual user, alerts the carer as soon as the heart rate goes above or below the parameters via the failsafe Alert-iT pager.

One of PulseGuard’s many benefits is the fact that along with seizure detection from when the heart rate increases. It can detect a drop to the heart rate which is the main concern for carers of those who suffer from nocturnal seizures, when the risk of missing a seizure is greater due to carer’s fatigue and sleeping patterns and patients are put at a greater risk of SUDEP.

PulseGuard alert’s the carer as soon as the heart rate starts to drop, so in the case of choking/suffocation/ apnoea/ respiratory arrest or a cardiac event which can lead to a cardiac arrest. The earliest medical intervention can be given to increase the chances of a full recovery.

Unlike Pock-iT (PulseGuard’s little brother) PulseGuard has a range of more professional features such as data recording. This feature creates a record when the heart rate parameters are breached, which can easily be shared via email directly from the PulseGuard tablet with your consultant or epilepsy nurse to help improve drug management and care plans. The data can also be easily downloaded and turned into a graph so that you can store an accurate seizure record for yourself.

With the ongoing support from the epilepsy society who provide the testbed for all PulseGuard products, they also help suggest improvements for new releases.  This has enabled PulseGuard to implement features such as continuous recording. A diagnostic tool to monitor heart rate data before and after seizures to help understand what happens to the heart over a longer period and help improve patient care. As well as lockdown functions which are particularly useful in a care home setting so that no settings can be changed without a password being input.

Now including the Alert-iT Pager, offering upto 450 metre range and failsafe provides not only an alert when PulseGuard is activated but reassurance to the carer that the pager is connected to the PulseGuard and that the PulseGuard is working correctly.

The PulseGuard and Alert-iT partnership allows our product range to constantly evolve, and we strive to set the benchmark for all epilepsy detection and monitoring systems for now and in the future providing a gold standard service in products and support for users, carers and healthcare professionals.

More information on PulseGuard can be found here

Pock-iT is the first exciting epilepsy project to be released from the new partnership between Alert-iT and PulseGuard.

PulseGuard is an established product which is helping safeguard over 700 people globally with its pioneering heart rate technology for epilepsy seizure detection and heart rate monitoring.

Pock-iT is in effect PulseGuard’s little brother, sharing many of the same much-loved features as PulseGuard but in a more compact form.

The Epilepsy Society have been PulseGuard’s product test bed for over a year, allowing the product range to be perfected and tailored to meet the specific needs of everyone from the more independent clients to the profoundly disabled and children.

The Epilepsy Society and other care providers using PulseGuard products have found that better seizure detection and monitoring can help lead to better drug and seizure management, improving the user’s quality of life and allowing peace of mind to the family or caregiver.

Pock-iT’s design is suitable for all age groups and abilities. The sensor strap is available in two sizes and a range of colours, whilst the sensor itself is small lightweight, waterproof, and hypoallergenic and can be worn either on the wrist, ankle or upper leg. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to the simple stylish touchscreen interface on the bespoke Pock-iT iPod which has easy to setup controls.

Pock-iT has a handy tool located in the top right-hand corner of the screen which will tell you what the users heart rate has gone up or down to every time they wear it, this allows for anyone to work out the users averaging heart rate and safely determine the accurate levels to set, so as to not trigger false alarms but to detect seizure activity and also any drop to the heart rate such as in the event of a respiratory or cardiac arrest which can lead to the onset of SUDEP.

The heart rate is set completely uniquely for each individual user, using a simple sliding scale for the upper and lower heart rate and once these levels are set, they are stored for each and every use. Pock-iT continuously references the user’s heart rate for the entire time the sensor is connected to the software and should the reading breach the upper or lower levels your caregiver is alerted immediately via Alert-iT’s failsafe pager.

Pock-iT is designed to alert to a range of seizure types (providing the user has a change to the heart rate) from silent tonic or absence seizures that may not trigger traditional monitors. To atonic (drop seizures) where research has shown that a sudden drop in the heart rate can occur up to 10 seconds prior to a seizure, potentially allowing for an early warning to the user or caregiver allowing time to make themselves safe and prevent injury.

As the Pock-iT sensor is waterproof it is also helping promote better independence allowing the user to shower or bath independently in some cases for the first time, knowing that should they suffer a seizure their caregiver can be waiting close by and alerted immediately by the Alert-iT fail safe pager.

Although Pock-iT was originally developed for seizure detection, it is also being used for clients that suffer from dysphagia, apnoea episodes, diabetes management, POTS, and other medical conditions that cause a sudden change to the heart rate making it the most versatile and affordable safeguarding piece of equipment for thousands of households worldwide.

The Best SUDEP Awareness Advice?

Bring it out of the shadows.

As part of SUDEP Awareness Day on 23rd October our team is on a mission to raise as much SUDEP Awareness and supporting those living with epilepsy. We?ve dedicated this month?s blog and social media content to raising SUDEP Awareness and encourage as much online conversation about it as possible.?So please SHARE this onwards to help educate the world with us!

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“Our daughter Sinead had been experiencing fairly regular epileptic seizures as a result of an acquired brain injury she suffered at 6 weeks old (in addition to other disabilities that resulted from her injury). Despite taking medication, she continued to have seizures without warning through both day and night, which increasingly occurred at night time as she grew older. In my attempts to be there when my daughter needed me, I tried a baby monitor with a camera, but as her seizures weren?t accompanied by noises, the monitor did not wake us up as we?d hoped. We searched unsuccessfully for a long time for a ?gadget? that could help us to keep Sinead safe so it was a massive relief to finally discover that the Companion was out there and could potentially help us!”

Drawing of brainwaves during Epilepsy Unfortunately Epilepsy, like many other medical conditions, is not widely understood; affecting more than 65 million people worldwide. It is therefore crucial to not only raise awareness of the condition itself, but to dispel any associated myths.

Here at Alert-iT we often hear or are presented with a number of questions that, to us at least, should be more widely understood. From questioning whether Epilepsy is contagious to speculating whether individuals with the condition can lead normal, day to day lives.

However, there are some myths and preconceptions which often need a little more explanation. The question surrounding whether Epilepsy is hereditary is more complex than a simple yes or no answer where research is ongoing. Therefore we thought we?d provide you with a brief overview in our latest blog. Find out more below:

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Woman undergoing acupuncture - needles placed in a line on her back Herbal and traditional medicines have become increasingly popular as they are used by individuals across the world to treat a variety of ailments. From dietary pills to herbal supplements it is clear that unconventional methods to improve health and overall wellbeing are ?being sought.

And it is often the case that such herbal remedies prove to actually relieve varying medical symptoms.

In the UK t is thought that just 70% of individuals who have Epilepsy see positive improvement with their prescribed Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs). Therefore many seek Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) in a bid to control their seizures and other related symptoms. As a result we have decided to take a look at the rise in discussion regarding acupuncture and Epilepsy below:

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Four plastic dolls holding hands with tthe word Autismn underneathWhether on the television or radio, in the last week news segments have highlighted a recent report that has found individuals with autism are sadly dying earlier than the general population. Whilst a number of factors could be at play, the latest findings suggest this is in large due to Epilepsy and suicide.

What Is Autism?

In brief autism is a development disability that will affect how a person communicates with and relates to other people, as well as the world around them. In fact, this condition affects approximately 700,000 people in the United Kingdom.

As a spectrum condition, all autistic people will share certain difficulties, but will be impacted in different ways with symptoms that range from mild to severe. In general there are three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share: difficulty with social communication; with social interaction; and with social imagination. Some individuals may also have accompanying learning disabilities, and may experience over ? or under ? sensitivity to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light or colours.

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Notepad with Vitamin D sunshine and notesWith continuous exploration and a handful of studies and research running at any one time, we often come across new findings within the Epilepsy community.

And this month there have been more conclusions between the correlation of vitamin D and epilepsy; particularly amongst children.

Individuals with epilepsy more often than not turn to medications in an attempt to reduce their seizures. Whilst 70% of those who do so experience positive changes with the right treatment, others may face side effects such as vitamin deficiency. Read here for more information:

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