New & # 39; smart diaper & # 39; revealed at CES 2020 alerts parents when baby goes to the bathroom, monitors body temperature and urine content – and can even be used for seniors
- Developed by Smardii, the monitor is a small disk that can attach to any diaper
- Monitors the presence of urine and feces and tracks body temperature
- The device connects to an application that gives caregivers access to real-time diaper data.
A Miami company called Smardii is developing a smart new diaper that will monitor the presence of urine and feces to help keep the elderly and babies clean and dry.
Smardii's flagship product is a small white disc called a "disc" that can be attached to any pair of disposable diapers.
The sensor will detect when the diaper is dirty, monitor body temperature, detect abnormalities in urine composition and even help prevent bed sores by tracking how long it has been since a person moved.
Smardii is a smart new diaper (pictured above) that monitors urine, feces, body temperature and movement.
"Some may think it's funny, but when you go to a nursing home and watch the quality of care, it's very serious," said Vikram Mehta, founder of Smardii. Investor Business Diary at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week, where the company was demonstrating its products.
One of the most common day-to-day problems in elderly care is incontinence, with an estimated 50% of adults over 60 suffering from the condition.
If left untreated for long periods of time, dirty underwear can lead to a number of more serious problems including infections, skin lesions, pressure ulcers and even falls.
The sensor communicates with a smartphone or tablet application via a Bluetooth signal or via Wi-Fi via a Wi-Fi gateway device produced by Smardii.
The & # 39; disc & # 39; Smardii (pictured above) can be attached to any type of disposable diaper
The smart diaper sends data to a smartphone or tablet app that will give you live access to conditions inside the diaper.
The Smardii app will allow professionals to track up to twelve patients, with readings showing body temperature, time since last diaper change, and time since last major movement, which is helpful in preventing bed sores.
The app allows caregivers or parents to track up to twelve patients or babies simultaneously.
It also provides live readings of body temperature, time since last diaper change and presence of feces or urine in the diaper.
The app also stores data for weeks and months to help track long-term changes in behavior or body function.
Smardii signed agreements to use the devices at three French health facilities in 2018 and is currently planning to expand to Italy and the United States.
"Smardi helps parents and caregivers save time by not having to do brief periodic checks," explains one of the company's promotional videos.
"Patients and babies are healthier and happier and their families are confident that their loved ones are receiving the best care possible."
WHAT IS URINARY INCONTINENCE?
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control.
It affects up to six million people in the UK and 17 million in the US to some extent.
Some people occasionally leak urine when sneezing or coughing, while others suffer such sudden impulses that they don't get to the bathroom in time.
It is more common with age and can occur due to conditions such as arthritis if patients cannot undo the pants buttons fast enough.
Other causes may include urinary tract infection, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, and prostate cancer.
Alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks and spicy foods can stimulate the bladder, making symptoms worse.
Patients should seek help from their general practitioner, as urinary incontinence may indicate a more serious underlying condition.
It can also restrict people's daily activities and increase the risk of falls if they go to the bathroom.
People can reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a lot of fiber, doing pelvic floor exercises and not smoking.
Source: Mayo clinic
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