WESTLAKE, OHIO (July 25, 1:20 p.m. ET) — Personal experience can drive product innovation, according to two experts at the Plastics in Medical Devices 2012 in Westlake. One such innovation is a patient urine bag that uses a wireless sensor, said Brian Gilbert, CEO of Future Path Medical Holding Co. of Columbus, Ohio.
Gilbert and Claire Zangerle, president and CEO of Cleveland-based Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, discussed the up-and-down journey of product innovation.
Gilbert and Zangerle discuss the urine bag innovation in this PN video.
A patient's suggestion to ease the hazards and discomfort of his urine bag overflowing lead to the creation of a wireless sensor system, Gilbert said. The system monitors the fluid level as well as the patient's temperature, he said. The system protects the patient, assists nurses in accurate readings and ultimately brings cost savings, Zangerle added.
The product uses PET and vinyl materials, and offers hope for further innovations, the experts said.
The Plastics News conference was held June 11-13.