There are over 40 different types of seizures. Seizure alert & detection devices can assist in detecting when a seizure is occurring and will issue an alert to parents, friends, or caregivers. Please consult your neurologist and other members of your care team to research available devices
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a concern for many parents whose child with epilepsy has seizures during the night. While no device has been proven to prevent seizure-related deaths, technology is available that can lower the risk Epilepsy Alliance America and our member organizations feel strongly that people living with epilepsy or seizure disorders should have information and resources at their disposal to support living well with seizures.
We encourage you to reach out to the manufacturers of the Seizure Alert and Detection Devices directly, talk with your physician and care team, and make a decision as to the type of technology that best fits the needs of your specific situation.
The following member organizations of Epilepsy Alliance America provide financial support to qualified applicants for the purchase of Seizure Alert and Detection Devices:
Monitors and Devices
The following list of Monitors and Devices is provided as a resource by Epilepsy Alliance America. It is not meant to represent all of the available products and by listing the products here Epilepsy Alliance America is not endorsing these products. We encourage you to reach out to the manufacturers of the products directly, talk with your physician and care team, and make a decision as to the type of technology that best fits the needs of your specific situation.
SmartMonitor SmartWatch Inspyre
The SmartWatch Inspyre™ by Smart Monitor is designed to be used on a Samsung or Apple Watch to detect repetitive shaking motion. When the Inspyre detects abnormal motion, it sends a signal to the app running on the user’s device (iPhone or Android phone) to send text and phone call alerts to whomever the SmartWatch Inspyre™ user designates, such as multiple family members and care providers. This feature utilizes the watch’s Bluetooth® functionality to connect with the wearer’s smartphone. This means that the wearer must have their own cell phone with a data plan paired to the watch to ensure that messages that include the date, time, location, and duration of the event are accurately delivered to the designated individuals. SmartWatch Inspyre™ users can also summon help with the push of a button. Alerts can be sent to any phone, anywhere, and reports of each event can be accessed for later review with physicians.
For more information on the SmartWatch, visit www.smart-monitor.com
The Emfit Movement Monitor is a bed monitor that triggers an alert when it senses repetitive muscle spasms like that of a tonic-clonic/grand mal seizure. The Emfit Movement Monitor consists of two main components: a flexible and durable bed sensor placed under the mattress and a bed-side monitor with sophisticated embedded software. The Movement Monitor detects when a person has continuous fast movements over a pre-set amount of time (which is adjustable to suit your needs) and then triggers an audible alarm.Visit EpiUSA EMFIT Movement Monitors website and a YouTube instructional video is available here.
SAMi is a patent-pending sleep activity monitor for caregivers and individuals who need to carefully watch for abnormal movements at night. SAMi is a sleep activity monitor which is placed facing the bed of the person with epilepsy. During sleep, audio-video information from a remote infrared video camera is sent to an application running on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod Touch. The SAMi app records and analyzes the video for unusual activity. If the SAMi notices repetitive movement, it will sound an alarm in the SAMi app.For more information, visit SAMi’s website.