||ComAlert - Consciousness Monitoring, Assessment, prediction and Life activities with EEG in Real Time is a Eurostarts Project, running for three years.|
ComAlert - Consciousness Monitoring, Assessment, prediction and Life activities with EEG in Real Time is a Eurostarts Project, running for three years.
The goal of ComAlert is to deliver a system to help comatose patients and persons with disorders of consciousness (DOC). Recent publications showed that conventional means to diagnose these patients are inadequate and subjective. Up to 43% of DOC patients are not correctly diagnosed. The system will provide early and quantitative diagnoses, rehabilitation and communication opportunities and prediction of recovery likelihood in comatose and DOC patients.
ComAlert will use the Electroenzephalogram (EEG) and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology to provide tools for prediction, assessment, rehabilitation and communication (PARC). These four PARC functions are very important for families and medical care personnel. Resulting information could help them determine whether the patient still understands conversations. This would of course benefit patients as well. Patients with sufficient cognitive ability could use rehab protocols and communicate.
The protocols will provide new, multimodal avenues to assess consciousness, with a hierarchical approach that will be able to evaluate patients with only the most basic cognitive function. This hierarchical approach will continue to yes/no questions and basic BCI communication, and can then be extended to more advanced BCI communication and rehabilitation approaches. Software will provide new tools for real-time analysis and mapping, with a front-end to appeal both expert and non-expert buyers.
Marzia De Lucia, PhD, PD, Hospices cantonaux, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Laboratoire de Recherce en Neuroimagerie (LREN)