Autonomous diaper sensor better detects urinary tract infection

phys.org | 5/1/2019 | Staff
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Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in children, with ear infections taking first place.

Responsible for nearly 10 million doctor visits each year in the U.S., urinary tract infections can also be a major source of additional disease, particularly for elderly people.

Purdue - University - Researchers - Way - Sensor

Purdue University researchers have come up with a way to embed an autonomous sensor device in diapers to better detect UTIs. The disposable device has been tested and proven to accurately detect the infection, as seen in this video:

While treatable with antibiotics, checking for UTI at the doctor's office typically involves testing a urine sample for bacteria and blood cells. These samples are hard to collect in individuals who wear diapers.

Advantages - Device - Babak - Ziaie - Professor

"We have at least two big advantages here with our device," said Babak Ziaie, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue. "Because it's autonomous, it doesn't require the patient or caregiver to obtain urine samples, and it can help detect an infection in people who either aren't able to communicate their symptoms, or they don't...
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