International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics

ICOST 2008: Smart Homes and Health Telematics pp 62-72

Design of a Smart Continence Management System Based on Initial User Requirement Assessment

  • Jit Biswas
  • Aung Aung Phyo Wai
  • Victor Siang Fook Foo
  • Chris Nugent
  • Maurice Mulvenna
  • David Craig
  • Peter Passmore
  • Daqing Zhang
  • Jer En Lee
  • Philip Lin Kiat Yap
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69916-3_8

Volume 5120 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Biswas J. et al. (2008) Design of a Smart Continence Management System Based on Initial User Requirement Assessment. In: Helal S., Mitra S., Wong J., Chang C.K., Mokhtari M. (eds) Smart Homes and Health Telematics. ICOST 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5120. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Those with dementia need closer attention and monitoring when they develop incontinence. Incontinence can lead to medical complications such as skin breakdown, places greater demands on caregivers, and strips the patients of their dignity. We have taken a step towards building a smart continence management system (SCMS) by automating the detection of events and forwarding details of these events to caregivers. Besides reducing bedsores and concomitant ill-effects of the elderly remaining in soiled diapers for prolonged periods, SCMS also benefits caregivers, helping them improve visitation schedules and time management. In the user-requirements generation phase, a cohort of people were interviewed. Subsequently the user-requirements were translated into technical specifications, based on which, a product survey was conducted. The system was designed, implemented, deployed and is being evaluated at a nursing home in Singapore. Initial results are encouraging. A planned usability study/overall system evaluation will provide new requirements for the second version.

Keywords

Continence Management System Dementia Patients Wireless Sensor Networks 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jit Biswas
    • 1
  • Aung Aung Phyo Wai
    • 1
  • Victor Siang Fook Foo
    • 1
  • Chris Nugent
    • 2
  • Maurice Mulvenna
    • 2
  • David Craig
    • 3
  • Peter Passmore
    • 3
  • Daqing Zhang
    • 4
  • Jer En Lee
    • 5
  • Philip Lin Kiat Yap
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute for Infocomm Research Singapore
  2. 2.Computer Science Research InstituteUniversity of UlsterNorthern Ireland
  3. 3.Belfast City HospitalNorthern Ireland
  4. 4.Institut TELECOM - TELECOM & Management SudParisFrance
  5. 5.Alexandra HospitalSingapore