A wearable device able to automatically administer medication to prevent a fatal overdose could save the lives of at-risk opioid patients.
The wearable was designed by a team from Purdue University to offer a quick and automatic method of dispensing naloxone, known to counter opioid overdoses. The system relies on a capsule of naloxone that is first injected under the person’s skin. A magnetic armband is then worn over the injection site, along with an EKG sensor also worn by the patient. When the EKG sensor detects the signs of dangerously low respiration, it will trigger the armband to create a magnetic field that heats up the capsule of naloxone and causes it to release its contents.