Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Committee Member
R. Jacob Baker
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
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Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and Venous Stasis Ulcers (VSUs) are symptoms which stem from diabetes – a disease effecting over 34 million people in the United States alone as of 2020. This Thesis details the design of a pressure-sensing garment used to enhance the treatment of CVI. The garment uses small force sensors (four levels: the insole of the foot, the lower leg, the lower calf, and the upper calf) to sense the pressure applied by a compression stocking. The sensed data is transmitted wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone application that was developed to display the data and interface with the electronics. The data is displayed on the smartphone application and can be monitored by the patient and/or nurse to ensure that the proper pressure gradient is applied to the leg. The gradient starts at around 30-50 mmHg at the foot and decreases linearly to about 6 mmHg just below the knee. The proper application of this pressure gradient best promotes blood flow and is predicted by medical experts to potentially cut healing time for VSUs from 6 months to as little as just 60 days.
Bluetooth; Chronic Venous Insufficiency; Compression Therapy; Microcontrollers; Sensors; Venous Stasis
Computer Engineering | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Medical Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Skelly, James, "Monitored Compression Therapy: Using Smart Technology to Optimize the Treatment of Lower Extremity Swelling" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4316.
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