Urinary retention is the inability to empty the bladder. The gold standard is intermittent catheterization, where a single use catheter is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. After emptying of the bladder (a few minutes), the catheter is removed. The procedure is repeated 4-6 times per day.

Urinary incontinence is any involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. Current management methods include absorbent products such as diapers, pads and male external catheters.

This organization is seeking technologies/solutions/future devices that have the potential to be used in the management of urinary retention and/or incontinence, and which require less handling and effort. The ideal mature device may facilitate people to void normally into a toilet.

Guidelines/Constraints:

  • Should control the mechanism for emptying the bladder (retention).
  • Should ensure no leakage of urine (incontinence).
  • Replacement preferably only once per week/month or less frequent.
  • Should not be permanently placed in the body i.e. can be removed.
  • Should not require surgical procedure for insertion and/or removal.
  • Should not be a catheter or an absorbent product.

 

Possible Technology Solution Areas:

Possible solutions may currently be in development for the bladder management space. Possible solutions may also be technologies or parts of technologies that are not currently used in the bladder management space but are used in vivo and may be adapted to the need.

Potential approaches may include (but are not limited to):

  • Mechanical devices
  • Smart materials
  • Stimulation techniques
  • Wireless approaches

 

Desired outcome of the solution:

A new more simple/easy way to help patients manage bladder issues.