The Modeling of Adaptive Posture Advisory System for Decubitus Prevention during Air Travel

C.F. Tan (Malaysia, The Netherlands), W. Chen, M. Verbunt, and M. Rauterberg (The Netherlands)


Design process, modeling, debicutus ulcer, spinal cord injury, and adaptive posture advisory system


The design process of any technical system is based on well elaborated procedures, which leads step by step, from concept to the final product. For industrial product, such as adaptive advisory systems, a combination of multiple technology such as electronic and computer science is involved. There are certain creative and innovative operations and activities leading to the final product. Sitting is the most common activity during air travel. Decubitus is widely recognized as serious complication for a person with spinal cord injury. Motor paralyses affect a person’s ability to respond unconsciously to potential noxious stimuli. Thus, decubitus affect the quality of life of spinal cord injury patient. For the spinal cord injury patient who travels with long haul flight, which is more than 5 hours, the decubitus risk will increase. In this paper the conceptual design process of adaptive posture advisory systems for decubitus prevention during air travel is presented as a set of models, which make the design of these systems possible by integrating different technologies and reflecting themselves on the conceptual design process. Apart from that, they represent the example of transformation of the design process into a form suitable for realization by combination of different technologies.

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