Fabric-based sensor for monitoring vital signs

  • US 6,970,731 B1
  • Filed: 11/14/2000
  • Issued: 11/29/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/21/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for monitoring the vital signs of a subject comprising applying a fabric-based sensor to the subject and connecting the sensor to a monitor, the fabric-based sensor comprising:

  • (a) a knitted or woven fully-conductive fabric including one or more individually conductive fibers integrated therein by the process of knitting or weaving the fabric, each conductive fiber being individually conductive prior to incorporation into the fabric in the absence of conductivity imparted to the fabric or to the fibers after incorporation into the fabric; and

    (b) an electrical lead for connection to a connector, the electrical lead being formed from one of the integrated individually conductive fibers; and

    (c) a connector connected to the electrical lead.

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