Urine Charge Urine Hat: Accurately Measures and Tracks Urine Output
The finalized prototype of the Urine Charge Urine Hat is shown with new features, such as an accurate measuring system, automatic disposal, and option to communicate the data to a secondary device.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) occurs when the forward perfusion pressure provided by the heart is insufficient for normal tissue metabolism. This is caused by a number of cardiomyopathies and affects approximately 6.9 million people in the United States alone. Most patients are prescribed diuretics, and dosages often require adjustments. Currently, patients perform daily weigh-ins as an indirect measure of water retention and report large changes in weight to their physician. Physicians can then make adjustments to prescription or dosage based off of these fluctuations in body weight. Since body weight is an indirect measure of water retention, this can lead to inaccurate adjustments in medications leading to cardiac exacerbations which may result in life-threatening side effects, hospitalization, and even death. This clinical need for more direct assessment of CHF management inspired our at-home urinary output tracker that obtains accurate measurements, limits user exposure to urine, and communicates data via a user friendly interface. These improvements help patients manage their own health independently and allows physicians to make data-driven decisions about their patients’ prescriptions. This device aims to improve patient compliance by encouraging users to take an active role in their health care from home, which will not only save money, but will improve the quality of life for patients dealing with this chronic disease.