Australian company, Simavita, are releasing a continence detection device that will be used across nursing homes in New South Wales. The SIMsystem (Smart Incontinence Management system) is designed to make the lives of incontinence sufferers and carers alike easier.
Simavita say that more accurate assessment of continence events leads to improved management of incontinence sufferers and therefore improved quality of life for residents of Aged Care facilities. Quality of life is not the only benefit brought about by the SIMsystem. It is estimated that 80% of australian Aged Care facility residents are incontinent and the Australian government spends AU$1.5 billion on managing this each year. According to trials, SIMsystem can save up to $2000 in the labour costs associated with incontinence management per bed, per annum.
The SIMsystem works using a remotely monitored disposable continence aid, the SIMpad which is fitted with a sensor strip (SIMstrip). A reusable SIMbox is fitted to the front of the SIMpad and transmits sensor readings to a central monitoring station. SIMsystem Manager software then analyses sensor readings and provides an assessment of the continence event and alerts a carer by text message if required. Over a 3-day assessment, patterns and frequency can be determined making it possible for a toileting schedule to be implemented.