Seizure Monitor Fund
As anyone who cares for a child or adult with Dravet Syndrome knows, seizure monitoring can save lives. Unfortunately, the most effective monitors are expensive. We have been running our Seizure Monitor Fund since 2009 to provide access to monitors for all families who need them.
Families can apply to us for their choice of one of the following monitoring systems: Pulse Oximeter Machine, Panorama Digital Video Baby Monitor or MedPage Epileptic Seizure Monitor. Families also have the option to apply for a Fingertip Pulse Oximeter. This is not an alarm, but is useful for monitoring sats (oxygen saturation levels in the blood) during a seizure and when out and about.
Selecting a monitoring system that is right for you and your family is a very personal choice - what works for some families may not work for others. Click on the images below to find out more about the monitoring devices available via this fund, including practical feedback and insights from some Dravet families who have tried out the devices.
How to apply for a monitor
As with our other assistance programmes, our Seizure Monitor Fund is not means tested, but parents/carers do need to provide a letter confirming a diagnosis of Dravet Syndrome. To apply for a monitor, please log into your DSUK profile. If you haven't already registered with us, you will need to do so first (visit our 'Join Us' page to register). Once logged into your DSUK profile, follow the links on-screen to apply.
Pulse Oximeter Machine
Pulse Oximeters monitor an individual’s heart rate and oxygen levels.
Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
A small, portable, battery-operated device useful for monitoring a child or adult with Dravet Syndrome during a seizure and when out and about.
Video Monitor (Summer Infant)
These HD-quality video monitors are helpful visual tools for monitoring the activities of children or adults with Dravet Syndrome when they are out of immediate sight.
MedPage Epileptic Seizure Monitor
The MedPage 'mattress' monitor works via a sensor, which is positioned under the mattress and plugged into an alarm. A new model also now includes a wifi recording camera.
Important: All monitoring equipment is provided by DSUK in an assistive capacity only. The intention of provision is to assist in the management of an individual, and their condition and symptoms, to help minimise risk.
Monitoring devices are assistive only and must not be used in substitute for observing clinical signs. DUSK can accept no liability for the accuracy of monitoring equipment nor for any consequences resulting from reliance on the device, or the actions of a patient, carer, medical practitioner or other individual resulting from use of the monitoring device.