Sippi – innovative medtech for a critical unmet need

Addressing three major problems within healthcare

Hospital acquired infections

  • Almost 3 million Europeans gets infected every year from hospital acquired infections
  • Treatment of infections is a major burden on hospital budgets
  • Urinary infections is the #1 hospital acquired complication for patients

Stressed out personnel

  • Personnel in the ICUs are stretched to the limit
  • Hourly manual urine measurement and recording is time consuming
  • Improved overview of vital signs will benefit critical decision making

Quality assurance of data

  • Quality assurance of data
  • Urine production is an important parameter when monitoring the condition of an ICU patient
  • The only remaining parameter that is measured and recorded manually
  • Elimination of potential for human error is an important goal in intensive care

Healthcare professionals are confronted with unpredictable challenges every day. Some are unavoidable. Others, such as hospital acquired infection, are preventable. That’s why we created Sippi from Observe Medical—to minimise the risk of hospital acquired urinary tract infection, and contribute to making hospitals the safest places in the world for patients and professionals alike. 

The global challenges of hospital acquired infection

Regardless of how high the standards and quality of care, healthcare facilities today are continually facing the prospect of unplanned complications due to infections acquired in their environments. The burden of these infections is felt by patients, their carers, and society as a whole. Worse, the more infections we have to treat, the better bacteria become at adapting to and resisting them.

The result is that, even with the most advanced standards of care in human history at our disposal, over 2 million Europeans suffer from hospital acquired infections every year.

CAUTI – 30% of the burden

The global challenge of catheter acquired urinary tract infection (CAUTI)

One of the most standard procedures in a healthcare facility is to aid patients to urinate as part of their overall treatment.

While catheterisation is critical, it is also one of the most common ways for patients to acquire an infection. As catheterisation necessitates insertion of a tube into the urethra, it is very easy for bacterial contamination of that tube either at insertion or over time, leading to a urinary tract infection.

Studies show that, in some markets, 30% or more of all nosocomial infections are catheter-associated. In a hospital environment, these infections can lead to extended stays, increased costs, the need for antibiotics and potentially compromised care outcomes.

Sippi – a new standard

Sippi is a unique, single use, digital urine meter which measures biofilm build-up via non-contact capacitive sensors, delivering high constant throughput, and incorporating hourly diuresis, data storage and automatic emptying.

Because it measures and captures data digitally, Sippi provides a level of accuracy unavailable with other technologies—and saves significant time and effort for healthcare professionals. More importantly, it actively combats one of the most commonly experienced complications of catheterisation—urinary tract infections—to minimise risk to patients and costs from extended stays and treatment initiatives for carers and facilities.

A wireless version, Sippi BLE 2.0, was launched in Q2 2019, which via Bluetooth can communicate directly with patient monitoring systems. With the unique wireless version, the last manual step is eliminated, and urine production can automatically be integrated into the patient journal system in the same way as pulse, blood pressure, temperature, infusion and other parameters are integrated today.

In short, Sippi sets a new standard in three important ways:

  • Minimises the risk for catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Makes life easier for patients and healthcare professionals
  • Improves health data collection and quality

Sippi – specifications

Measurement technology
Volume measurement is performed using capacitive technology. The sensors are placed in the base unit adjacent to where the disposable unit is attached. Without the need for direct contact, the sensors detect the presence of urine in the disposable units inflow chamber. The Sippi base unit calculates a measurable urine flow from the change in capacity that occurs when liquid enters the disposable unit.

Range 0–2000 ml/h
Operating temperature. The product should be used at normal room temperatures and is not suitable for outdoor use.

Update time
The measuring system measures continuously and updates the visual information once per minute. Pressing the trend button once provides an instant overview of the total measured value.

Measurement resolution
1 ml.

Power source
3 alkaline batteries, size AA.

Battery life
4–6 months under normal use.

Temperature range: 10°C to 35°C, up to 95% relative air humidity.


SippLink instruction and installation manual

Product sheet