4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Towards developing effective Continence Management through wetness alert diaper: Experiences, lessons learned, challenges and future directions

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8832,
        author={Aung Aung Phyo Wai and Foo Siang Fook and Maniyeri Jayachandran and Jit Biswas and Chris Nugent and Maurice Mulvenna and Zhang Daqing and David Craig and Peter Passmore and Jer-En Lee and Philip Yap},
        title={Towards developing effective Continence Management through wetness alert diaper: Experiences, lessons learned, challenges and future directions},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2010},
        month={6},
        keywords={urinary incontinence; patients with dementia;continence management; wetness alert diaper},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8832}
    }
    
  • Aung Aung Phyo Wai
    Foo Siang Fook
    Maniyeri Jayachandran
    Jit Biswas
    Chris Nugent
    Maurice Mulvenna
    Zhang Daqing
    David Craig
    Peter Passmore
    Jer-En Lee
    Philip Yap
    Year: 2010
    Towards developing effective Continence Management through wetness alert diaper: Experiences, lessons learned, challenges and future directions
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8832
Aung Aung Phyo Wai1, Foo Siang Fook1, Maniyeri Jayachandran1, Jit Biswas1, Chris Nugent2, Maurice Mulvenna2, Zhang Daqing3, David Craig4, Peter Passmore4, Jer-En Lee5, Philip Yap5
  • 1: lnstitute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
  • 2: University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
  • 3: Institut TELECOM - TELECOM & Management SudParis, France
  • 4: Belfast City Hospital, Northern Ireland, UK
  • 5: Alexandra Hospital, Singapore

Abstract

Incontinence is one of the major healthcare issues in everyday nursing care especially for frail elderly and patients with dementia (PWD) in nursing homes. Urinary incontinence and diaper use are prevalent in PWD due to decline in intellect and physical activities. They may lie in soiled diapers for prolonged periods resulting in indignity, discomfort, skin breakdowns and bedsores. In order to alleviate this, we propose a solution using wetness alert diaper capable of timely diaper change. In this paper, the experiences and lessons learned from initial evaluation trials with intelligent Continence Management System (iCMSv1) are explained. Then, desirable refinements and extensions are made to develop iCMSv2 enabling anywhere anytime continence management. We finally discuss challenges and possible future directions towards developing a new care model to manage incontinence effectively and efficiently.