Brain function measurement in the ICU
Every year, millions of patients are admitted to intensive care worldwide due to a life-threatening accident or illness. An average admission in the intensive care unit (ICU) lasts for several days costing the hospital thousands of euros due to the substantial resources required for the monitoring and treatment of the patient. Whereas the main focus has classically been in assessing the patients’ heart and respiration, the need for measuring brain function during the care in ICU has lately been raised as one of the major clinical and scientific challenges.
We have developed a novel technology for assessing patient’s brain function during intensive care. Our novel approach combines measurement of electroencephalogram (EEG) with common pharmacological compounds and clinical procedures to empower physicians with the first truly objective and practical measurement of brain function. By exposing the patient in a controlled manner to general anesthetics, such as propofol, we are able to reveal specific EEG changes that can be used to, for example, predict permanent brain injury due to cardiac arrest (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). We also apply the technology in detecting brain dysfunction during sepsis (septic encephalopathy).
Through intelligent signal analysis, our unique solution offers reliable diagnostic and prognostic information that is expected to help the doctor in decision making and this way lead to significant improvements in both the quality of care and the costs involved in providing that care. The technology also offers potential in the development of new therapeutic interventions to improve the patient outcome.
Last updated: 21.11.2016