Reduce admissions through rapid diagnosis of urinary infections in the elderly
Technology In-vitro Diagnostics
Particularly In the elderly, urinary tract infection is a common problem, it s often associated with catheter use. It can become very severe, with rapid onset of confusion and can be very disturbing for both patient and carers. This results in many ambulance-delivered A&E admissions. We aim to develop a low-cost device which can be used in the home/care-home setting to indicate the presence of an infection in the urine and show which antibiotics can be used to treat it. It will be faster than the current microbiology lab testing and will allow initiation of antibiotic treatment without hospital admission.