A device for urologic post-surgical monitoring

J. F. Johnson, John Schmalzel, H. Arnhold

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This article reports on the preliminary development of an instrument that is intended to monitor catheterized, post-TURP patients specifically to assist care-providers in the reduction of clot retention. The primary objective of the instrument is to detect conditions that indicate an alarm condition for which the probability of clot retention is considered to be high. In response to an alarm, intervention by means of increased irrigation flow rate or other action is expected. The density of outflow consisting of the mixture of irrigation fluid, urine, and blood from the prostate, is monitored optically. Multiple transducer sites along the catheter improve the monitoring by minimizing the effects of bubbles and particulates in the stream. Development of algorithms for processing the data have concentrated on the use of fuzzy logic in keeping with the linguistic descriptors used by medical experts. This allows the formulation of decision rules that mimic the knowledge base and syntax used by care providers who judge the conditions of the outflow and make decisions about the patient's condition and the optimum flow rate for irrigation fluid. A laboratory prototype has been completed and tested in vitro; a second-generation prototype has been designed in preparation for a clinical study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomedical Sciences Instrumentation
PublisherPubl by Instrument Society of America
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1556174985
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 31st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) - Manhattan, KS, USA
Duration: Apr 22 1994Apr 23 1994


OtherProceedings of the 31st Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS)
CityManhattan, KS, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture


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