URINE OUTPUT MONITORING - A Simple and Reliable Device for Monitoring Critical Patients’ Urine Output

Abraham Otero, Teodor Akinfiev, Andrey Apalkov, Francisco Palacios, Jesús Presedo

Abstract

Currently, critical care units are equipped with sophisticated commercial monitoring devices capable of sensing most of the patient’ physiological parameters, and of automatically supervising whether the values of the parameters lie within a preestablished range set by the clinician. The automation of these tasks has discharged the healthcare staff of a considerable workload. It also avoids human errors, which are common in repetitive and monotonous tasks. In all likelihood, urine output is the most relevant physiological parameter that has yet to be sensed or supervised automatically. This paper presents a patent-pending device capable of sensing and supervising urine output. The device uses reed switches that are activated by a magnet that is attached to a float in order to measure the amount of urine collected in two containers. When a container fills, it is emptied automatically using a siphon mechanism and urine begins to collect again. An electronic unit sends the state of the reed switches via Bluethooth to a PC. From this information, the PC calculates the urine output and supervises the achievement of therapeutic goals. The end result is a fully automated, simple, inexpensive and accurate urine meter.

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Otero A., Akinfiev T., Apalkov A., Palacios F. and Presedo J. (2011). URINE OUTPUT MONITORING - A Simple and Reliable Device for Monitoring Critical Patients’ Urine Output . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2011) ISBN 978-989-8425-37-9, pages 5-13. DOI: 10.5220/0003125500050013


in Bibtex Style

@conference{biodevices11,
author={Abraham Otero and Teodor Akinfiev and Andrey Apalkov and Francisco Palacios and Jesús Presedo},
title={URINE OUTPUT MONITORING - A Simple and Reliable Device for Monitoring Critical Patients’ Urine Output},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2011)},
year={2011},
pages={5-13},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003125500050013},
isbn={978-989-8425-37-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2011)
TI - URINE OUTPUT MONITORING - A Simple and Reliable Device for Monitoring Critical Patients’ Urine Output
SN - 978-989-8425-37-9
AU - Otero A.
AU - Akinfiev T.
AU - Apalkov A.
AU - Palacios F.
AU - Presedo J.
PY - 2011
SP - 5
EP - 13
DO - 10.5220/0003125500050013