Med Device Online have published a article profiling Hydralert and discuss how testing for dehydration may become easier and more efficient. Below is a excerpt from the article.
Testing for dehydration may become easier and more efficient with an innovative new device under development by researchers at Flinders University. By adding compact medical devices to urinals, hydration levels can be analyzed in real-time, providing immediate feedback.
In certain environments, dehydration can be a serious issue. Work environments like mines, where working temperatures can be extremely high, pose serious dangers to workers if they are not vigilant about their hydration levels.
To help combat this issue, collaborators from Finders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) have helped to develop a device called the Hydralert, according to a recent press release from Flinders News. The concept, originally created by an occupational hygienist named Ryan Wynch, could replace less effective methods to provide hydration data in real-time.
“Heat stress can be a serious safety issue because it impairs concentration, decreases productivity and causes illness,” said Dr. Susan Close, the Australian Manufacturing and Innovation Minister, in the press release. “If successful, Hydralert will provide an innovative alternative to current time-consuming approaches, allowing employees to self-test day or night, without the need for a health professional.”
The Hydralert concept is one of two projects receiving aid from the South Australian Government’s Medical Technologies Program, which will provide design assistance to the team, according to the press release. Clinical trials are planned in collaboration with Occulert Pty Ltd.