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Special Issue "Context Awareness in Health Care through Ubiquitous Sensing"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dimitris Dionissios Koutsouris

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, School of Electrical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
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Phone: +30-210-7722269, +30-210-7723926
Interests: image processing; clinical engineering; biomedical signal processing; medical informatics; telemedicine; biomedical applications
Guest Editor
Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis

Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
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Interests: biomedical signal processing; clinical engineering; image processing; big data; M-health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Health care will evolve as new technologies are adopted. Even if it is difficult to predict what the future hospital will be, aspects such as context awareness will help health care professionals to shift part of their activities to machines. Reinvention of health care  is complex. Improving the quality of healthcare and the prospects of "aging in place" using wireless sensor technology requires solving difficult problems in scale, energy management, data access, security, and privacy. Recent developments of information technologies are leading the advent of the era of ubiquitous healthcare, which means healthcare services at any time and at any places.

Prof. Dimitris Dionissios Koutsouris
Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis
Guest Editors

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  • Medical services
  • Communication system security
  • Data security
  • Data privacy
  • Context awareness
  • Wearable sensors
  • Biomedical monitoring
  • Information technology
  • Middleware
  • Remote monitoring

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Detection of Volatile Compounds Emitted by Bacteria in Wounds Using Gas Sensors
Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1523; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19071523
Received: 8 February 2019 / Revised: 19 March 2019 / Accepted: 26 March 2019 / Published: 28 March 2019
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In this paper we analyze an experiment for the use of low-cost gas sensors intended to detect bacteria in wounds using a non-intrusive technique. Seven different genera/species of microbes tend to be present in most wound infections. Detection of these bacteria usually requires [...] Read more.
In this paper we analyze an experiment for the use of low-cost gas sensors intended to detect bacteria in wounds using a non-intrusive technique. Seven different genera/species of microbes tend to be present in most wound infections. Detection of these bacteria usually requires sample and laboratory testing which is costly, inconvenient and time-consuming. The validation processes for these sensors with nineteen types of microbes (1 Candida, 2 Enterococcus, 6 Staphylococcus, 1 Aeromonas, 1 Micrococcus, 2 E. coli and 6 Pseudomonas) are presented here, in which four sensors were evaluated: TGS-826 used for ammonia and amines, MQ-3 used for alcohol detection, MQ-135 for CO2 and MQ-138 for acetone detection. Validation was undertaken by studying the behavior of the sensors at different distances and gas concentrations. Preliminary results with liquid cultures of 108 CFU/mL and solid cultures of 108 CFU/cm2 of the 6 Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains revealed that the four gas sensors showed a response at a height of 5 mm. The ammonia detection response of the TGS-826 to Pseudomonas showed the highest responses for the experimental samples over the background signals, with a difference between the values of up to 60 units in the solid samples and the most consistent and constant values. This could suggest that this sensor is a good detector of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the recording made of its values could be indicative of the detection of this species. All the species revealed similar CO2 emission and a high response rate with acetone for Micrococcus, Aeromonas and Staphylococcus. Full article
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