In recent years, no-invasive and small size systems are meeting the demand of the new healthcare system, in which the vital signs monitoring is gaining in importance. In this context, Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors are becoming very popular and FBG-based systems could be used for monitoring vital signs. At the same time, FBG could be able to sense chemical parameters by the polymer functionalization. The aim of our study was investigating the ability of a polymer-coated FBG-based probe for monitoring breathing patterns and respiratory rates. We tested the proposed FBG-based probe on 9 healthy volunteers during spirometry, the most common pulmonary function test. Results showed the high accuracy of the proposed probe to detect respiratory rate. The comparison between the respiratory rates estimated by the probe with the ones by the spirometer showed the absolute value of the percentage errors lower than 2.07% (in the 78% of cases <.91%). Lastly, a Bland Altman analysis was performed to compare the instantaneous respiratory rate values gathered by the spirometer and the FBG probe showing the feasibility of breath-by-breath monitoring by the proposed probe. Results showed a bias of 0.06± 2.90 min-1. Additionally, our system was able to follow the breathing activities and monitoring the breathing patterns. © 2018 IEEE.
|Titolo:||Polymer-coated fiber optic probe for the monitoring of breathing pattern and respiratory rate|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|