New ‘smart diaper’ for adults shown on CES controls body temperature, stool and urine
New ‘smart diaper’ revealed at CES 2020 alerts parents when their baby goes to the toilet, checks body temperature and urine content – and can even be used for seniors
- The monitor was developed by Smardii and is a small disk that can be clicked onto any diaper
- It checks for the presence of urine and faeces and keeps track of body temperature
- The device connects to an app that gives caregivers access to live diaper data
Smardii, a Miami company, is developing a new smart diaper that monitors the presence of urine and stools to keep both seniors and babies clean and dry.
The Smardii flagship product is a small white disk called “puck” that can be attached to any pair of disposable diapers.
The sensor detects when the diaper is contaminated and monitors body temperature, detects abnormalities in urine composition, and even helps prevent bed injuries by tracking how long a person has been moved.
Smardii is a new smart diaper (pictured above) that monitors urine, stools, body temperature and movement
“Some may think it’s funny, but if you go to a nursing home and look at the quality of care, it’s very serious,” said Smardii founder Vikram Mehta. Investor’s Business Daily at CES 2020, this week in Las Vegas, where the company demonstrated its products.
One of the most common daily problems in elderly care is incontinence, with an estimated 50 percent of adults older than 60 years suffering from the condition.
If contaminated underwear is not addressed for a long time, it can lead to a series of more serious problems, including infections, skin breakdown, pressure ulcers and even falling.
The sensor communicates with a smartphone or tablet app via a Bluetooth signal or via Wi-Fi via a Wi-Fi gateway device produced by Smardii.
The Smardii ‘puck’ (pictured above) can be attached to any type of disposable diaper
The smart diaper sends data to a smartphone or tablet app that gives live access to the circumstances in the diaper
With the Smardii app, caregivers can monitor as many as 12 patients, with readings showing body temperature, the time since the last diaper change, and the time since the last major movement, helping to prevent bedsore
With the app, caregivers or parents can follow no fewer than twelve patients or infants at the same time.
It also provides live readings of body temperature, the time since the last diaper change, and the presence of stools or urine in the diaper.
The app also stores data over weeks and months to track long-term shifts in behavior or body function.
Smardii signed agreements to use the devices in three French healthcare institutions in 2018 and is currently planning to expand to Italy and the United States.
“Smardi helps parents and caregivers save time by not performing periodic short checks,” one of the company’s promotional videos explains.
“Patients and babies are healthier and happier and their families are convinced that those they love the most receive the best possible care.”
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 patients occasionally leak urine when they sneeze or cough, while others insist that they are so sudden that they don’t go to the toilet in time.
It is more common with age and can occur due to conditions such as arthritis if patients cannot undo their pants fast enough.
Other causes can include urinary tract infection, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy and prostate cancer.
Alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks and spicy foods can stimulate the bladder and aggravate the symptoms.
Patients should seek help from their doctor because urinary incontinence may indicate a more serious underlying condition.
It can also limit people’s daily activities and increase the risk of falling when they rush 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