This paper presents a delay-dependent parameter-varying control design approach to address the automated blood pressure regulation problem in the critical patient resuscitation using closed-loop administration of vasopressors. The mean arterial pressure (MAP) response of a patient subject to the intravenous vasoactive drug treatment is modeled as a linear parameter-varying (LPV) model, where varying model parameters and varying time-delay are considered as scheduling parameters of the system. Parameter-dependent Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals are used to design an output-feedback dynamic controller to satisfy the closed-loop stability and reference MAP tracking requirements. The synthesis conditions are formulated in terms of Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs) that characterize the induced ℒ2-norm performance specification of the closed-loop system. The main objectives of the proposed control method in the presence of limitations posed by the time-varying model parameters and the large time-varying delay are to track the MAP reference command and maintain the blood pressure within the permissible range of commanded set-point, avoid undesirable overshoot and slow response, and to provide a smooth drug injection. Finally, to evaluate the performance of the proposed LPV blood pressure regulation approach, closed-loop simulations are conducted and the results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed control method against various simulated scenarios.

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