Assembled by the legends at Frog Design, with a site offering detailed explanations for how it reads your physiology, the Stress Eraser from Helicor seems like a well-thought-out product. We just can’t shake the notion it’s basically a pulse-ox with some breathing exercises programmed in.
But if you’ve ever spent long hours in the ICU, looking at your patient’s vitals on the monitor and wondering about the waveforms, you might agree there’s something soothing at work. The Stress Eraser’s website explains the nerve impulses behind the waveforms:
By monitoring the time that the vagus nerve activity is strongest, we know when sympathetic activity is at its lowest. In other words, we know when the sympathetic nerves no longer have power to increase mental activity. This is an ideal time to shift your mind off of troubling thoughts and onto any other thought you choose, because at that moment, you don’t have sympathetic nerves agitating your mind.
Interesting — you know, when our ICU patients are agitated, they get Ativan. Next time, though, we might try this Stress Eraser. It’ll be available in the US at the end of the month.
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