The Emfit Seizure Monitors have been designed to provide personal care and safety for people who have been diagnosed with epilepsy with tonic clonic seizures, allowing for safety monitoring while they are sleeping. It is considered to be assistive technology, a state-of-the-art system which monitors from under the mattress of a sleeping adult or child who is at risk of a convulsive tonic clonic seizure.
The patented sensor technology detects and distinguishes between normal movements and strong muscle jerking such as tonic clonic seizures. The sensor also acknowledges the presence and absence of micro-movements caused by a person’s breathing and heart beating, so not only does the sensor give notification to a caregiver when the person has the clonic phase of a tonic clonic seizure but also when the person leaves the bed by a fall or has not returned to their bed within a given time.
The monitor will alarm when a person has a seizure, alerting either the parent or caregiver that a seizure is occurring. It gives carers the confidence that should a seizure occur during sleep, the seizure monitor will alarm and they will be alerted to provide the emergency care required. It gives those diagnosed with epilepsy the confidence that they are safe while sleeping, therefore ensuring they are able to live as autonomously as possible.
Emfit Epileptic Seizure Alarm is class 1 medical device. It has been tested and is included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic, TGA Certificate 137139
The Breathe-zy Anti-Suffocation Pillow is a device which is designed to be breathable, practical and comfortable, whilst assisting in the prevention of SUDEP.
The outer cover is made from innovative three dimensional fabric. The cover consists of two pieces of soft mesh fabric, joined 10mm apart with strands of polyester fibre creating a ‘wall of air’ that won’t crush when depressed.
The cover is filled with two fibre pads, each are encased in an open weave mesh fabric. Between these two pads is a memory foam insert which provides a ‘crown’ effect offering greater comfort. The cover is fully removable, and is machine washable.
The major advantage of our design is that the whole of the surface of the pillow is breathable, not just certain areas. This ensures that at all times regardless of your sleeping style, you are always in a safe and secure position.
The innovative design has been registered as a CLASS 1 MEDICAL DEVICE with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK).
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is an executive agency of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe.
The documents linked below provides an overview of monitors, alert device, apps and other aids which are currently available. The documents provide links to where the devices can be purchased as well as costs.
A seizure alert dog is one that has been trained to respond to a seizure in someone who has epilepsy. These dogs can be trained as an assistance dog, through an approved training provider, for people who experience seizures. An approved assistance dog is protected under law to be used in public places.
Seizure alert dogs are not suitable for everyone, require considerable commitment from their handler and caregivers and there are costs associated with training and maintaining them. Seizure alert dogs, while a companion to the person, are not pets but are trained to act in a service and support role.
Seizure alert dogs require specific training by organisations that understand the handler, the handler’s needs and goals, and any particular family requirements.
There are a number of organisations that train seizure alert dogs. If you are interested in pursuing this form of support it is recommended that you speak to the relevant organisations.
Seizure alert dogs are not available in South Australia as yet, however these organisations include:
The Epilepsy Centre of SA & NT does not warrant or endorse these products and is not a manufacturer, distributer, seller, representative or broker of the products shown in this information sheet. We recommend that you speak to your doctor or specialist about whether a device is something you choose to use.