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A system for logging incontinence events using a simple disposable sensor

A system for logging incontinence events using a simple disposable sensor
A system for logging incontinence events using a simple disposable sensor
Many elderly people entering residential or nursing care are already incontinent to some degree, relying on incontinence pads to deal with the consequences. A proportion of these people have been shown to exhibit a regular pattern in their incontinence, which opens up the possibility of mitigating the problem by instituting an individual toileting regime for the person. This can reduce their reliance on incontinence pads, both improving their quality of life, and reducing the cost of care. This paper covers the development and evaluation of a sensor for detecting incontinence events, suitable for use in this setting, and describes the design of an associated electronic logger. The devices form part of an assessment system intended to identify a pattern in incontinence where it exists, and to help with the design of the toilet regime for an individual. The requirement is that the system must reliably record incontinence events, and present the information describing them in a manner appropriate to the users of the devices, who are likely to be non-technical and non-specialist.
urinary incontinence, temperature, thermistor, toileting
0954-4119
305-310
Cusick, G.
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Birkett, A.
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Clarke-O'Neill, S.
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Fader, M.
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Cottenden, M.
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Cusick, G., Birkett, A., Clarke-O'Neill, S., Fader, M. and Cottenden, M. (2003) A system for logging incontinence events using a simple disposable sensor. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 217 (4), 305-310. (doi:10.1243/095441103322060767).

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Many elderly people entering residential or nursing care are already incontinent to some degree, relying on incontinence pads to deal with the consequences. A proportion of these people have been shown to exhibit a regular pattern in their incontinence, which opens up the possibility of mitigating the problem by instituting an individual toileting regime for the person. This can reduce their reliance on incontinence pads, both improving their quality of life, and reducing the cost of care. This paper covers the development and evaluation of a sensor for detecting incontinence events, suitable for use in this setting, and describes the design of an associated electronic logger. The devices form part of an assessment system intended to identify a pattern in incontinence where it exists, and to help with the design of the toilet regime for an individual. The requirement is that the system must reliably record incontinence events, and present the information describing them in a manner appropriate to the users of the devices, who are likely to be non-technical and non-specialist.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: urinary incontinence, temperature, thermistor, toileting

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Local EPrints ID: 58966
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/58966
ISSN: 0954-4119
PURE UUID: 5e3c0f98-d330-45a1-9e70-1668326d7324

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Date deposited: 19 Aug 2008
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:31

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