Defining the standard of care
Abnormally low urine output volume (known as oliguria) is a leading indicator of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) for ICU patients. AKI is a rapid and dangerous loss of kidney function which seriously impacts a patient’s quality of care: it increases mortality, cost of care, length of stay, and readmission. AKI occurs in 20% of all ICU admissions each year, meaning approximately 2 million patients in the U.S. for whom regular and automatic urine output monitoring could improve their health.
The current process is performed manually by nurses and is menial, time-consuming, and error-prone.