Pressure sensitive mats have been used in noninvasive smart monitoring for a variety of problems including breathing rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, mobility, and weight. This paper describes a proof of concept application of pressure mats to monitor fluid intake/output (fluid cycle) events during the night. The ability to more accurately track such events has potential implications for monitoring those individuals who have nocturia, a condition where a person wakes at night to urinate. Data were collected from a healthy young female subject instructed to drink as much water as was comfortable (700mL) and lie in a supine position on a mattress located directly on three pressure mats. This was compared to an initial data set collected immediately after voiding but before drinking, 30 minutes after drinking, 60 minutes after drinking and a final data set after again voiding the bladder. The additional pressure from the 700mL of water was detectible and tracked over the course of the hour-long testing session under idealized conditions. This provides a proof-of-concept that nocturnal fluid intake and bladder voiding events can be tracked using non-invasive pressure-sensitive mats, however additional testing and development is required to achieve a deployable monitoring system.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591831
Conference 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016
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Cohen-Mcfarlane, M. (Madison), Green, J.R. (James R.), Knoefel, F. (Frank), & Goubran, R. (2016). Smart monitoring of fluid intake and bladder voiding using pressure sensitive mats. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (pp. 4921–4924). doi:10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591831