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Smart bed to bridge gap between hospital and home care

A Sydney medical student has developed a system of low-cost technologies to reduce pressure sores and falls for elderly patients and people recovering at home from surgery.

Nikhil Autar, a medical researcher at the University of New South Wales, has designed a device that uses voice recognition to help patients “sit up or get up”.

It raises and lowers the incline of the bed and is linked to a mobile phone app called Centred Around You that monitors a patient’s movements, breathing patterns and heartbeat. The system can be used by patients, nursing home staff and people caring for elderly relatives living at home.

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