Project: New generation smart compression stockings with integrated ICT for superior customized performance

Acronym e-Stockings (Reference Number: aal-2011-4-020)
Duration 01/02/2012 - 01/02/2015
Project Topic Leg venous disorders constitute a health problem with large impact in the quality of life and mobility capacity of elderly. The most practical non-invasive treatment to counteract and prevent leg venous problems is compression therapy. Current methods are however troublesome and user-unfriendly, leading to poor levels of therapeutic compliance and, as a result, indoor and outdoor mobility restrictions. Overall objective of e-Stockings is to develop a new generation of smart ICT-enabled compression stocking solutions that surpass the limitations of current methods/products. Key features of the novel stockings are: user-friendly application and operation; compliance with individual clinical needs; enhanced mobility; appealing design. The innovative ICT-based concept relies on electronic sensors, actuators and supporting computational elements embedded in e-textiles with wireless connectivity – enabling automatic adjustments while wearing the stockings for real-time customized compression treatment. The primary target group for the novel solutions are older persons with leg venous problems, especially those who cannot help themselves putting on/off conventional compression stockings (estimated at 1.5% of elderly population). Basic (essentially automatic operation) and advanced (higher ICT-based user interactivity) products versions are envisaged from the conceptual and development stages, targeting user groups with diverse ICT skills. The business model combines the technological, market and production capacities of the consortium with a foreseen partnership with a large player within the medical devices sector, to provide market access to the e-Stockings products post-project. Our solution offer large cost savings – estimated at >€5000/patient/year in Northern Europe – compared to current care practices. The project implementation and product-oriented development is focused on end-user needs/ wishes, with strong end-user involvement and proximity at all stages.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Aarhus School of Engineering Denmark
CURAVIVA.CH Switzerland
Handy Wear Denmark
The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation United Kingdom
Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd United Kingdom
Sidoste Oy Finland
SmartLifeInc Limited United Kingdom
Silvergreen Oy Ltd Finland
Tisturion Denmark
Tampere University of Technology Finland
University Hospital Basel Switzerland