DEVELOPMENT OF A CLASSIFIER AND A SIMULATOR TO SUPPORT THE DESIGN OF AN ANTI-DECUBITUS ACTIVE MATTRESS
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Brunzini, Agnese; Rossi, Marta; Mandolini, Marco; Cappelletti, Federica; Germani, Michele
Institution: Università Politecnica delle Marche, Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Section: Design Methods
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2023.145
Approximately 10% of hospitalized patients develops decubitus ulcers that quickly degenerates into chronic illness that reduces the quality of life and requires expensive clinical management. The use of an anti-decubitus active mattress, that automatically redistributes the pressure loads, reduces the occurrence of new lesions and promotes the healing of the pre-existing ones.
The aim of this work is to design and develop two tools to support the design of an anti-decubitus active mattress. Almost all the systems found in literature are based on the classification of pressure maps through machine learning and are difficultly usable in the design context.
This work proposes a pressure map Classifier and an Interactive Simulator of the mattress, based on a simpler logic, by integrating image processing techniques and functioning simulations. The Classifier can recognize the patient's pressure maps and classify them according to six reference sleep postures. The Interactive Simulator allows to understand the operating mechanisms of the mattress and to test the controller and the various control logics in the absence of a physical prototype.