A new product developed by the Medical Device Patterning Program (MDPP) at Flinders University aims to help miners stay safer and healthier while on the job.
Hydralert is a small device placed on urinals to analyse and feedback on a person’s hydration levels in real time.
The prototype, developed by occupational hygienist Ryan Welsh and funded by the MDPP as part of the South Australian government’s Medical Technologies Program (MTP), is set to undergo clinical trials soon.
The project is an example of successful support and much needed early investment from government into potentially life-saving technology. Such investment is needed to make devices such as Hydralert commercially viable.
Apart from improving the safety of miners, investment in such devices doubles as an investment in improving productivity, which can have positive economic effects across the industry.
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