A sensor printed in the diaper measures moisture level. This data is transmitted via a reusable clip-on device to a phone, a tablet or another digital tool used by the caregiver. This clip-on device is attached to the front of the diaper. It also keeps track of the position of the wearer and can monitor and alert for falls. This enables timely notification of when a change is needed or if a patient needs to be moved to help prevent bed sores or pressure injuries, or if the wearer had a fall.
As part of its digital solution offering, Henkel is introducing Smart Adult Care. This is an end-to-end solution that includes cloud-based data analytics featuring apps. A sensor printed in the diaper measures moisture level. This data is transmitted via a reusable clip-on device to a phone, a tablet or another digital tool used by the caregiver. Thanks to its individual goal setting capabilities, Smart Adult Care enables proactive caregiving. Using individual, historical data on daily miction output for example the hydration level of a patient can be monitored. Smart Adult Care is the result of a partnership with Smartz AG a medical technology company and pioneer in this emerging market.
Smartz understood already a decade ago that adult incontinence products would become smart IoT products monitoring the needs of wearers in real-time. Developed by Smartz AG, Baar/Switzerland, and Henkel Qhesive Solutions, a brand by Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf/Germany, Smart Adult Care is a complete turn-key solution that allows manufacturers of mass market hygiene products to adapt traditional product lines rapidly and cost-effectively into smart healthcare solutions – providing additional value to both wearers and caregivers.
For established manufacturers of hygiene products, Smart Adult Care offers a way to digitalize conventional products with minimal investment: a comprehensive smart offering can be brought to market without in-house R&D to develop the hardware or software. The most significant addition to the diaper is the functional ink that forms a printed sensing substrate on an existing component of the product. As the sensing technology is printed onto one of the existing layers – in this case the back sheet film – switching between normal products and smart products is as simple as substituting a conventional roll of material with a roll that has been printed with conductive inks. For back sheet manufacturers who are used to graphic printing, changing to conductive printing is relatively easy. Adding printed electronics is cost-effective. Printing speeds of up to 400 m/minute are possible ensuring that printed electronics are cost-effective.