Fundació MThis is the case of the first device for non-invasive electrocardiograms on animals. A project that has been carried out by engineers from the UPC’s Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces Group and the MONA Foundation.
The new equipment represents a before and after in the monitoring of the cardiac health of animals in captivity. It involves sensors integrated into gloves, with which the caregiver has to touch two points on the animal and wait a few seconds to obtain the results.
In the case of the chimpanzees living in MONA, being able to carry out these controls simply by touching a finger on each hand of the animal, without having to anaesthetise them, is a tool that can directly save their lives, as the main cause of death in captivity of our closest relatives is heart disease.