Medical device company Signostics is demonstrating the SignosRT hand-held Bladder Scanner at the Society for Urological Nurses and Associates (SUNA) Annual Conference from October 31 to November 3, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
An affordable and ultra-portable device, the SignosRT Bladder Scanner has been designed to use ultrasound technology to automatically and non-invasively calculate bladder volume.
Catheterization of patients with suspected urinary retention is a significant cause of urinary tract infections, affecting approximately 1.7 percent of hospital patients  and increasing the length of hospital stays. Non-invasively assessing bladder volume before catheterization can reduce urinary tract infections by up to 50 percent .
Mark Thyssen, Signostics Global Sales and Marketing Manager, said Signostics’ new product addressed the growing need for mobile medical devices that enabled better diagnosis and care at the bedside.
He said the product addressed a niche in community nursing, geriatrics, in-hospital maternity care, and long-term care.
“The Royal District Nursing Service in Australia (RDNS SA) use the scanners in home nursing visits. We see a significant opportunity for the product where urinary tract infections are a significant problem in hospital, the community, and long-term care facilities.
“With a rapidly aging population, the home health care market is expanding. Portability and affordability are key for bladder scanner adoption in this segment. Our bladder scanner weighs less than one pound and fits into the palm of your hand so it’s an easy tool for doctors and nurses to carry anywhere.”
Rachel Roberts, Case Coordinator at RDNS SA, said the SignosRT Bladder Scanners affordability, low annual maintenance costs, ease of use, and measurement reliability were key factors in RDNS SA adopting them.
“RDNS SA provides home health care to more than 25,000 clients in South Australia, many of them elderly patients where urinary retention is a significant issue. It’s important our nurses have accurate, portable devices that help us provide the best care for our clients.
“The last thing we want to do is risk infection with a catheter if it’s not required. This ultrasound scanner will help us make those assessments quickly so we can provide the best outcomes and keep people in their own homes longer.”