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Devices & Technology

While no device has been proven to prevent epilepsy-related mortality (including SUDEP), the Danny Did Foundation is devoted to seeking out seizure detection and seizure prediction devices - as well as other technologies - that are designed to enable intervention by a caregiver. Intervention is believed to reduce the risks that accompany epilepsy. We present these products for further review and investigation by anyone connected to seizure disorders.

The Danny Did Foundation cautions that not all devices listed on this page are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Unless noted, these resources are consumer products and not medical devices. Further, the Danny Did Foundation encourages and strongly recommends your communication with the manufacturers of these products as well as consultation with doctors about these devices to determine the possible efficacy of such devices for your situation.

Please note, the Danny Did Foundation does not warrant these products and is not a manufacturer, distributor, seller, representative, or broker of the products shown on this website. The Danny Did Foundation offers only cursory and introductory information about the potential of these devices and does not accept responsibility for the consequences of the actual use of any device listed on this website. If you would like to read an article review of seizure monitoring devices that was published in Epilepsy & Behavior in October 2014, click here.

DANNY DID GRANT PROGRAM: For certain resources - indicated within the list below - the Danny Did Foundation provides financial assistance for qualified individuals who cannot afford access. If you are seeking this type of grant support, please review the options and contact us at the listed email to indicate the resource you are seeking. We will then email you our grant application. Please note, we can only assist with one resource per family. 



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Emfit Movement Monitor & Emfit QS

Subsequent to outreach from the Danny Did Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, the Emfit monitor is in various stages of clinical testing trials at multiple epilepsy centers in the United States. This non-invasive detection device monitors for movement activity during sleep and is widely used and marketed in Europe as an Epilepsy Seizure Alarm. Emfit also offers the Emfit QS product to track multiple variables during sleep. For some qualified candidates Danny Did may be able to provide financial assistance. Contact mduffy@dannydid.org to receive our funding application by email. Learn more about Emfit here.


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SmartWatch

The SmartWatch® developed by Smart Monitor, is a motion detecting and alerting wristwatch. This breakthrough product recently won the Health Innovation Award at CES 2013. The SmartWatch monitors and automatically issues alerts upon the onset of various types of repetitive shaking motion. Users can also summon help with a simple push of a button. The device records movement patterns plus the time,duration and audio of any unusual events. All of your data is securely stored at my.smart-monitor.com, where you can download custom reports to send to your caregivers. The SmartWatch brings peace of mind to family members and independence to the user knowing that help will be summoned in a matter of seconds. The “Gold” version of the device includes GPS location, medication reminders and the ability to alert multiple contacts. If you heard about the SmartWatch from Danny Did use the referral code “DDFC” when placing your order. Smart Monitor will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Danny Did Foundation. For some qualified candidates Danny Did may be able to provide financial assistance. Contact mduffy@dannydid.org to receive our SmartWatch funding application by email. Learn more about SmartWatch here.


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NeuroPace RNS (Responsive Neural Stimulation) System

The RNS System involves the surgical implanting of a matchbook-size device that is attached to the surface of the brain. It focuses on a closed-loop approach to interrupting and preventing seizure activity. The RNS is programmed to continuously monitor brain wave activity, to sense the onset of a seizure within a neural network, and to deliver seizure-stopping electrical stimulation once seizure activity is detected. In late 2013, NeuroPace received FDA-approval to market the RNS System as a treatment for medically refractory (uncontrolled) epilepsy in adults. It has been evaluated in three clinical trials. Learn more about the NeuroPace RNS system here.


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SAMI – The Sleep Activity Monitor

SAMi is a sleep activity monitor for caregivers and individuals who need to watch for abnormal movements at night. During sleep, audio-video information from a remote infrared video camera is sent to an app running on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod Touch. The SAMi app records and analyzes the video for unusual activity. When an unusual event is detected, an alarm is sounded, followed by live sound and video from the SAMi network camera. A parent/caregiver can then take any necessary action. Click here to visit the SAMi-Alert website. To watch a video demo of the SAMi system, click here. For some qualified candidates Danny Did may be able to provide financial assistance. Contact tfstanton@dannydid.org to receive our funding application by email.


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Neurotech EEG

Neurotech EEG provides in-home EEG testing and monitoring services in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Neurotech reps interact with your doctor to set up the appointment, check on your insurance coverage, send a technician to conduct the in-home testing and monitoring, and send the results to your doctor. This is an alternative to EEG testing that is conducted in a hospital or clinic. To learn more, visit www.neurotecheeg.com


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Sleep-Safe ® Anti-Suffocation Pillow

Developed by a pharmacist whose son is prone to seizures while sleeping, the Sleep-Safe ® Anti-Suffocation Pillow is a registered Class I Medical device as categorized by the United Kingdom’s Medical and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency, which is the UK government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. Friends of the Danny Did Foundation can receive a 15% discount on orders of this product. Learn more about the Sleep-Safe ® Anti-Suffocation Pillow and place orders here. For some qualified candidates Danny Did may be able to provide financial assistance. Contact tfstanton@dannydid.org to receive our funding application by email.


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Portable Pulse Oximeter

Portable pulse oximeters are non-invasive medical devices that typically attach to a fingertip or a toe to measure heart rate and blood oxygenation percentage —both vital statistics that are affected while a person is seizing. These devices are not explicitly designed or manufactured to detect seizures, but pulse oximeters do have applicable monitoring and alarm-sounding functions that can be useful to some who experience seizures. Please contact the manufacturer and your doctor to determine if a portable pulse oximeter fits into your sleep-time seizure-detection plan and whether access for this device (or others like it) can be enabled to individual patients. Learn more information on the Masimo Rad-8 pulse oximeter here. The customer support phone number for Masimo is (800) 326-4890. Be sure to ask for the "home care sales representative" that covers your zip code. That rep will work to connect you with the nearest Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider that sells this product in your area. Note, Masimo does not sell this resource direct to consumers. This resource is not applicable for a DDF grant.


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VNS Therapy / LivaNova

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy that involves implanting a pacemaker-like device into the chest that generates pulses of electricity to stimulate the vagus nerve. The VNS Therapy System is an FDA-approved medical device specifically developed for the treatment of drug-resistant (medically refractory) epilepsy. The vagus nerve is one of the 12 cranial nerves, which conduct impulses between the brain and other parts of the brain and various body structures, mostly in the head and neck. VNS is not a cure, and the total elimination of seizures is rare. However, some people who undergo VNS experience a significant reduction in the frequency of seizures, as well as a decrease in seizure severity. In June 2015, a version of the VNS called the AspireSR generator also received FDA-approval. The AspireSR is different from conventional VNS treatment in that it features responsive stimulation to heart-rate increases. To learn when to consider VNS and to gain additional background, talk with your doctor and visit the LivaNova website HERE.


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Haven by RapidSOS

RapidSOS is an emergency technology company that has created a smart phone app called Haven to provide improved access to 9-1-1 and emergency services. Haven allows users to call 9-1-1 more effectively by routing more precise and comprehensive information. The system transmits vital information to the dispatcher, including type of emergency, user location, relevant medical and demographic information. The app also makes it possible to send text messages to 9-1-1 and communicate when it’s difficult or dangerous to speak. Haven users can choose what medical and demographic information to input when they subscribe. When a medical alert is triggered, relevant information is automatically sent to the 9-1-1 call takers so that they can prepare for the emergency and arrive with increased situational knowledge. If a medical situation arises where the person cannot speak, the user can tap “Can’t Speak” in the app and/or send a text messages to 9-1-1 through the app. Those associated with the Danny Did Foundation can receive one year free access to Haven by signing up at this link


PromoPicThe Safety Place Mat

The Safety Place Mat is made of soft, lightweight, durable and easy to clean foam construction. It is designed to protect individuals from head, face and upper body injuries while sitting at a table. This mat offers padding not only on the tabletop, but also at the table’s edge and front ledge. The Safety Place Mat can be used at dining tables, desks, kitchen bar areas, coffee tables, bedside tray tables and wheelchairs trays and other similar places. It is suitable for round edge tables, and its recessed surface design also minimizes cleanup when a spill occurs. This product was developed by parents after their young son received numerous injuries to his head and face while sitting at a table when seizures occurred. It is transportable and can be used at home, at school or at restaurants. To learn more or to buy this product online ($43 each), visit the company website here.


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Seizure Dogs

Seizure response dogs are a special type of service dog specifically trained to help someone who has epilepsy or a seizure disorder. Tasks for seizure dogs may include: summoning help by finding another person or activating a medical alert; pulling potentially dangerous objects away from a person’s body; “blocking” to keep individuals from walking into obstacles that can result in bodily injury or death; attempting to arouse an unconscious handler during or after a seizure; and carrying emergency medication and information regarding the handler’s medical condition. Further, some dogs may develop the ability to sense an impending seizure. There are several companies that train seizure response dogs for adoption. Options to research include Domesti-PUPS, M&R Pet Academy, and 4 Paws For Ability Seizure Dogs. For additional information or to inquire about funding support for seizure dogs, visit the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. The DDF provide grant funding for seizure dogs. 


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Visualase is minimally invasive MRI-guided laser surgery technique for people whose seizures are not controlled by medication that is now being used at a select number of medical centers around the country. Rather than standard open brain surgery, a laser fiber is inserted into the skull to precisely target areas of the brain causing seizures. Light energy from the laser heats the brain tissue, effectively destroying it. Upon removal of the laser applicator, only one stitch is needed to close the wound. The technology usually requires only an overnight hospital stay. To learn more about this new technology and whether it could be an option for your loved one, talk to your doctor. For more background and to see locations where this surgery is performed, visit http://www.visualaseinc.com/location-sites.

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