Smart Wireless Continence Management System for Persons with Dementia

AAP Wai, VFS Fook, M Jayachandran, J Biswas, CD Nugent, Maurice Mulvenna, JE Lee, PYL Kiat

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Abstract

Incontinence is highly prevalent in the elderly population, especially in nursing home residents with dementia. It is a distressing and costly health problem that affects not only the patients but also the caregivers. Effective continence management is required to provide quality care, and to eliminate high labor costs and annoyances to the caregivers resulting from episodes of incontinence. This paper presents the design, development, and preliminary deployment of a smart wireless continence management system for dementia-impaired elderly or patients in institutional care settings such as nursing homes and hospitals. Specifically, the mote wireless platform was used to support the deployment of potentially large quantities of wetness sensors with wider coverage and with dramatically less complexity and cost. It consists of an intelligent signal relay mechanism so that the residents are free to move about in the nursing home or hospital and allows personalized continence management service. Preliminary results from a trial in a local nursing home are promising and can significantly improve the quality of care for patients.
LanguageEnglish
Pages825-832
JournalTelemedicine Journal and E-Health
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • incontinence
  • continence management
  • wireless sensor network
  • patients with dementia

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Wai, AAP ; Fook, VFS ; Jayachandran, M ; Biswas, J ; Nugent, CD ; Mulvenna, Maurice ; Lee, JE ; Kiat, PYL. / Smart Wireless Continence Management System for Persons with Dementia. In: Telemedicine Journal and E-Health. 2008 ; Vol. 14, No. 8. pp. 825-832.
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In: Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, Vol. 14, No. 8, 2008, p. 825-832.

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