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Senior care services get cutting-edge makeover

A SMART watch that takes the wearer’s temperature and pulse and alerts emergency services if there are any concerns is among innovative devices on show at a seniors’ expo.

And once it has raised the alarm, the watch provides ambulance crews with satellite positioning so they can reach the patient as soon as possible.

There is no shortage of cutting-edge technology at the China International Exhibition of Senior Care Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare, being held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center in the Pudong New Area.

Osteopathy and 3D printing meet in an exhibit which allows for 3D models of a patient’s bones to be printed.

This is more useful to doctors making a diagnosis than traditional X-rays, organizers said.

At the expo yesterday, a pelvis printed by the machine was on display, having taken about 36 hours to create.

It costs about 2,000 yuan (US$322.58) to print a model, said organizers.

They next plan to produce 3D prints of internal organs.

Another application of technology on show at the event is paper diapers fitted with a sensor system to monitor incontinence.

A sensor sends details on the level of urinary incontinence to a central system — which can monitor 18 sensors simultaneously — sounding a warning for nursing staff if required.

The product is expected to be launched early next year.

The event, which has attracted exhibitors from 15 countries and regions, including Germany, Japan and the United States, runs until Wednesday.


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