Project Code: 18047
Project Title: Wireless Body Temperature Sensor
Project Type: Industry
Project Intellectual Property: Company Controlled
Project Citizenship Restriction: No
Sponsor Company: C.R. Bard
Description: Implantable ports aid in the administration of chemotherapy drugs. The wireless body temperature sensor monitors the immuno-compromised patient’s body temperature, detecting and alerting the patient about dangerous temperature spikes via a user-friendly smartphone application. The smartphone application, written in Swift, also allows the patient to view their temperature history. A rise in temperature often correlates with conditions such as neutropenia, which can be deadly if not caught early. The device is made up of a microcontroller that includes Bluetooth transmission capabilities and a custom mounted temperature sensor accurate within 0.1 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the design operates in low power mode to conserve battery life and ensure it lasts the duration of the patient’s chemotherapy treatment. The device is integrated into a modified port design and uses biologically inert silicon. The design meets the International Electrotechnical Commission 6061 and Food and Drug Administration medical industry safety standards.