The Medpage was certainly a revelation back in 1995. There had been some crude methods of detecting epileptic seizures, or epileptic fits as many referred to. Some of them are quite comical, depending on your sense of humour. One in particular made me chuckle. With the old type sprung bed base, a hand bell was suspended from the bed springs by a length of cord. When the person had a seizure the rocking motion of the bed swung the bell making it ring. Another one, a little more advanced (slightly) used a swinging pendulum suspended from the bed connected to a mechanical buzzer. When the person experienced a seizure, the swinging action of the pendulum made contact with a switch making the buzzer sound. I have also heard stories of a length of string attached to someone’s toe linked to another person. How technology has moved on.
Technology certainly has moved on. The Medpage (MP5) Epilepsy alarm for more than 20 years has provided a reliable method of detecting Tonic/Clonic (Grand Mal) epileptic seizures and has helped thousands of families manage epilepsy. We continually research new technologies and developments in research into epilepsy and work closely with a large number of epilepsy specialists. Medpage has recently (April 2013) introduced two new members to the Medpage seizure alarm family. The MP5V2, and the MP5 ULTRA. The MP5V2 uses new sensor technology combined with computer analytical software to determine if a person is having a seizure on their bed. The sensor, because of the computer, can be used with extremely high sensitivity levels that will detect seizure typical movement from babies and adults with mild seizure movement. The MP5 ULTRA is not generally available unless prescribed/recommended by an epilepsy professional.
Now in 2016 we launch a further advancement in epileptic seizure detection. The MP5V2-S is the first bed seizure alarm to offer Smartphone connectivity and features bed sensor sensitivity adjustment and seizure movement detection control via special software controlled via a Smartphone APP. The APP has an auto-updating seizure activity diary, complete set up control of the seizure monitor and options for alarm control and emergency phone call dialling.
We are the only company in the UK supplying systems to detect epilepsy seizure movement that are accredited by BSI to ISO 13485:2003. Google “ISO 13485:2003” to see how serious we take the manufacturing, and quality of our products.