Agitation is a psychomotor disturbance characterized by a marked increase in motor and psychological activity in a patient. It occurs very frequently in the intensive care unit (ICU), affecting 71% of sedated adult patients during 58% of ICU patient-days. However, current methods of assessing agitation are subjective and prone to error. Therefore, a consistent, quantifiable method of measuring agitation that enables more effective sedation administration could save significant drug and resource cost, reduce patient stay and improve health care.

The main purpose of the project is to evaluate the use of computer vision techniques to monitor patient behavior. So, a camera, connected to a computer, registers all the   movements and facial expressions of the hospitalized patients and then analyzes them. When the system detects the onset of an agitation episode an alarm is activated and the hospital staff can act before the agitation occurs reducing, this way, the damages suffered by the patient.

This project is being developed in collaboration with the Fundació Parc Taulí.