Fluid management is an important aspect of critical (and general) care. Accurate measurements of intravenous (IV) and urinary flow rates are essential to gauge the hydration status and maintain the correct fluid balance in patients, especially within the first 24–28 hours of admission. Currently, the flow measurements are conducted manually by nurses, making the process intermittent, error-prone, and labor-intensive, the last of which has especially been brought to light during the Covid pandemic (it has been estimated that one nurse performed an equivalent of the duties of four during the peak of the pandemic in the Netherlands). Studies estimate that over 56% of medication errors are IV-related, and 61% of these errors can be fatal. Further, nurses spend only 20-25% of their time on patient care and around 35% of their time on documentation. Sencilia is currently developing an integrated fluid management solution that will reduce adverse drug events, automate and improve the accuracy of fluid balance measurements, and reduce the workload of nurses so they can focus on more important aspects of patient care. The smart sensing solution is currently under development and will be pilot-tested in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) imminently.
The COVID pandemic has highlighted the importance of respiratory and pulmonary medical devices. Sencilia is developing sensing solutions that help in diagnosing respiratory disorders such as sleep apnea and can improve the accuracy and reliability of pulmonary devices such as ventilators and spirometers.
Underwater vehicles often have to navigate in turbid waters where cameras are rendered ineffective due to low-visibility conditions. Taking inspiration from how the blind cavefish navigate using the lateral line sensors, or how seals use their whiskers to track prey, Sencilia works with partners to develop an underwater sensing system that mimics the fish lateral line to help underwater autonomous vehicles (UAVs) navigate using flow stimuli from their surroundings.
Sencilia develops flow sensors that are versatile with respect to the fluids they can sense. A network of intercommunicating flow sensors in conjunction with big data analytics can add value to a variety of use cases such as pipeline leakage monitoring (water, hydrogen, oil, etc.), profiling wind flows, airflow sensing in HVAC, and so on. If you wish to explore the utility of Sencilia’s flow sensors for your own unique application, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Pipeline leakage monitoring
Pressure distribution along wind tunnel blade
Airflow sensing in HVAC ducts for Building Information Modeling (BIM)