Technology Solutions for Epilepsy

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TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY

POSSUM - THE COMPANY

Founded in Buckinghamshire in 1961, Possum are today market leaders in the provision, installation and support of many
types of electronic assistive technology. These include Environmental Control Systems, Telecare and TECS (Technology
Enabled Care and Support Services)
Possum are constantly innovating and expanding its range of cutting edge products, winning the Queens Award for
Innovation in 2009.With an internal R&D function, manufacturing facilities, a network of highly qualified engineers and a
team of expert trainers – we offer unrivalled reassurance and support to customers.
Our range of Epilepsy sensors is unique and wide ranging – offering assistance to individuals with different types of seizure.
We are here to help and hope we can!

EPILEPSY - OVERVIEW
Epilepsy is complex, varied and widely
misunderstood and if not monitored and treated,
it can have a devastating impact on the lives of
people living with the condition and their families.

-Dyscognitive Focal Seizures, which alter awareness
and result in purposeless movements.

Doctors generally classify epilepsy seizures as
either focal, if they affect only part of the brain
or generalised, if the whole brain is affected and
consciousness is lost.

- Atonic Seizures cause loss of muscle tone and
sudden collapse

There is a wide range of seizure symptoms that can
occur in epilepsy.
FOCAL SEIZURES:
- Simple Focal Seizures, which may alter emotions,
or change the way things look, smell, feel, taste or
sound and may result in involuntary jerking of a leg
or arm.

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GENERALIZED SEIZURES: :

- Absence seizures are characterized by a brief loss
of awareness and subtle body movement.
- Tonic Seizures cause stiffening of muscles in the
back, arms or legs and may cause a fall.
- Clonic Seizures are associated with rhythmic,
jerking muscle movements.
- Tonic-Clonic Seizures – grand mal seizures are
characterized by a loss of consciousness, body
stiffening and shaking.

EPILEPSY SOLUTIONS
Possum offer several epilepsy detection solutions in the UK which can be configured to raise alarms
to care phones and paging systems.
The range includes not only bed based monitoring solutions, but also the world’s first wrist worn
sensor for the detection of Tonic-Clonic seizures – the EpiCare Free epilepsy sensor.

POSSUM EPILEPSY SOLUTIONS CAN BE CONFIGURED TO DETECT THE
FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:






• Tonic-Clonic seizures
• Spasms (Twitching)
• Vocal triggers
• Enuresis events
• Abnormal breathing

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EPI-CARE FREE EPILEPSY

You cannot take any chance that you miss a seizure. The sensor is not only an alarm but a lifesaving product. It
works for adults as well as children, especially when they want to live independently and have their own privacy.
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USER’S PARENTS

A unique epilepsy sensor which detects tonic-clonic seizures. It can be worn
comfortably day and night around the wrist as a watch and increases user confidence
and quality of life.
As it is worn on the person, it is much more accurate and flexible than the current
bed based solutions; false alarms are dramatically reduced meaning peace of mind
for both the user and carer.
Using very precise measurements of movement, the sensor is able to recognise the
difference between epileptic and natural movements reducing false alarms. The
product is available in several versions – the standard solution (to work with Possum
products), a sensor compatible with other manufacturers’ products and the next
generation Smart phone version, which provides an absolute mobile solution.

FEATURES:
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Failsafe reporting of ‘’Sensor Missing’’ if the user
goes out of range
23 Hours battery capacity for the wrist worn sensor
Repeater units are available to increase the radio
coverage
Successful two year clinical trials
Frequency and severity of alarm events log

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BENEFITS:
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Complete day and night reassurance *
Reduced false alarms
Flexible design
Simple Set-up
Plug and play technology
* battery to be charged for 1 hour a day

EPICARE FREE EPILEPSY SENSOR
SMART PHONE VERSION

The Epi-Care Free Smart Phone Version is a mobile solution of
the EpiCare Free wrist worn epilepsy detector.
It is capable of detecting Tonic-Clonic seizure and the device is
relaying the alarm event information and location over the GSM
network providing the user with peace of mind with every foot
step.
Once the seizure is detected, the Application installed on the
user’s Android mobile phone immediately alerts designated
recipients via voice or SMS, along with their location data.
The alarm can be automatically answered on a speaker allowing
two way communications.
FEATURES
»» Android based Smart Phone app technology
»» Secure Bluetooth connection
»» GPS data via SMS text message and identification
via Google maps
»» Reports low battery and system failure events to
carers phone
»» Auto answers incoming call after an alarm has been
triggered
»» Password protection can be applied to user settings.
»» On screen display and audio signalling of

connection status
»» Can be Integrated onto ARCs with an SMS text
message capability
BENEFITS
»» Day and Night Solution *
»» Flexibility and Easy Set-up - The sensor offers
multiple ways of set-up to suit every users’ individual
requirements
»» Location tracking
»» Reduced False Alarms - The Epi-Care Free’s intelligent
sensitivity dramatically reduces false alarms providing
reassurance that the recipient will only be alerted when
they are really needed
»» 12 Months Warranty
* battery to be charged for 1 hour a day

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EPICARE 3000 EPILEPSY SENSOR
THIS BED AND CHAIR BASED SOLUTION WHICH IS SENSITIVE
ENOUGH TO DETECT SEIZURES IN YOUNG CHILDREN OR
ADULTS. THE SENSOR DETECTS REPETITIVE SPASMODIC
MOVEMENTS.

FEATURES
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Bed and Chair based solution
Monitoring through a vibration sensor placed on
the mattress
Two sensors monitoring
Sensitivity adjustments
On-screen display
Built-in self-test facility enabling accurate and
quick fault diagnosis
Powered by a medically approved power supply
Integration to existing third party products such as
nurse call or warden call schemes

BENEFITS:

»» Easy to set up and program
»» Sensitivity adjustments can be made locally by
on-site care staff
»» Effective monitoring of small children in a large
bed or a bed with a split mattress
»» Two individual local areas such as a bed and a chair
can be monitored with one control unit
»» Log for frequency, duration and severity of alarm
events

EMFIT EPILEPSY SENSOR

The bed or chair based epilepsy solution is sensitive enough
to detect micro-movements associated with Tonic-Clonic
seizure monitoring. Patented sensor technology detects when
a person has continued abnormal movements over a pre-set
amount of time, and triggers a notification.

FEATURES:

»» Bed and Chair based solution
»» Monitoring via vibration mat placed under the
mattress
BENEFITS:
»» Sensor faults indication
»» Sensitivity adjustments to accommodate individual
»» Sound alarm with adjustable volume for short-
requirements
distance notifications
»» Can be used as a bed occupancy solution
»» Six months battery life
monitoring the presence
»» Power failure back-up
»» Sophisticated Signal Acquisition
»» Powered by a medically approved power supply
»» Provides notification if the monitored person leaves
»» Integration to existing third party products such as
the bed or does not return to the bed within a
nurse call and warden call schemes
pre-set amount of time

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ALERT – IT GUARDIAN

ALERT – IT COMPANION

A bed or chair based epilepsy solution.
It detects repetitive spasmodic movements and is used
for Tonic-Clonic seizure monitoring.
The sensor includes a microphone input and once used
with external microphone it can monitor repetitive sounds
which may be indicative of somebody suffering a seizure
or allowing them to call for assistance.
Alternatively the client can choose the Enuresis
monitoring option.

The Alert-it Guardian epilepsy solution integrates many
monitoring functions to support those with Epilepsy, into
a single compact device.

The Alert-it Companion epilepsy sensor is well proven
and one of the most sensitive on the market. It can assist
with even small children exhibiting single limb spasms.
FEATURES:
»» Spasm monitored via vibration plate
»» External microphone input for audio monitoring
»» Integration to third party products
»» 9V rechargeable battery back-up – up to 15 hours
»» Low battery alarm notification
»» Colour coded connectors
BENEFITS:
»» Easy set up and use
»» Sensitivity and timing adjustments
»» Multifunction device offering Spasm monitoring solutions
»» Audio or Enuresis monitoring option
»» Reduced false alarms and insensitive to continuous
background noise (Radio or TV)
»» Bed or Chair occupancy monitoring solution

The bed and chair epilepsy sensor detects:
• Tonic-Clonic seizures
• Tonic seizures (Spasms)
• Sleep Apnea (changes in breathing – monitoring rib
cage movement)
• Audio indications of seizure activity
• Enuresis events
• Bed vacation
FEATURES:
»» Spasm monitored via vibration plate
»» Internal microphone for audio monitoring
»» Integration to third party products
»» 9V rechargeable battery back-up – up to 3 days
»» Low battery alarm notification
»» Colour coded connectors
»» Built-in test functionality for sensors
BENEFITS:
»» Easy set up and use
»» Sensitivity and timing adjustments
»» Multifunction device offering Spasm, Audio and Enuresis
monitoring solutions
»» Enuresis mat function – connection to moisture sheets to
monitor incontinence
»» Reduced false alarms and insensitive to continuous
background noise (Radio or TV)
»» Bed or Chair occupancy monitoring solution
»» Noise, abnormal breathing and shallow movements
monitoring

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Solutions to enhance lives and
provide peace of mind
POSSUM LTD
8 Farmbrough Close
Stocklake Park Industrial Estate
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1DQ
T: 01296 461 000
E: [email protected]
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