After his young son fell 36 feet from a window in 2005, Walter De Brouwer spent the better part of a year at the hospital. Nelson, his son, had endured severe brain trauma. In addition to a lengthy rehabilitation, Nelson required vigilant monitoring; his vital signs were checked daily.
For De Brouwer, a 55-year-old Belgian inventor and entrepreneur, Nelson’s protracted rehabilitation confronted him with the inner workings of hospitals and their intricate technology. Staring at the monitors inside the emergency room and ICU, he grasped how significant their measurements were in saving lives.
“I looked at all the monitors, but I never actually asked myself what these things meant about our health,” De Brouwer said. “It struck me that when you understand exactly the readings today, you can actually make a plan so that your future changes.”
De Brouwer struck upon the idea of making vitals checks easier, not only for medical personnel but for everyone.
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