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Title: Urinary incontinence: A vibration alert system for detecting pad overflow
Authors: Fernandes, B
Gaydecki, P
Jowitt, F
van den Heuvel, E
Keywords: Continence management;Pad overflow;Underwear;Urinary incontinence;Vibration alert system
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Assistive Technology: The Official Journal of RESNA, 23(4), 218 - 224, 2011
Abstract: A sensor and electronics system is described that monitors the leakage of urine from continence pads into surrounding underwear. Urinary incontinence is involuntary loss of urine and occurs when the bladder muscles contract without warning or the sphincter muscles surrounding the urethra are too weak to prevent leakage. The system comprises a wetness sensor and electronics unit. The sensor is stitched into the underwear and detects overspills of urine from the pad. The electronics unit is attached to the underwear and responds by vibrating, signaling to the wearer that pad has failed. This system has application for individuals who use continence pads in the community, but it could also be used in care homes.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2011 RESNA.
ISSN: 1040-0435
Appears in Collections:Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB)
Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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