Tackling incontinence and aiming to IMPRESS
Incontinence Management and PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS (IMPRESS) is a research project that aims to encourage more engineers and scientists to work on applying new technologies to manage incontinence in innovative ways. Many clinical challenges persist in the field of faecal and urinary incontinence, and therefore, IMPRESS has been developing a nationwide multidisciplinary network for incontinence research. Since 2014, it has run a series of
technology-focused events devoted to understanding and showcasing the difficulties of dealing with this condition. Through this initiative, it is hoped that many new research collaborations will emerge, leading to an increase in cutting-edge engineering solutions that will ultimately improve the quality of life of people who live with incontinence. This article summarizes the work of IMPRESS, discusses its achievements so far, explains its plans for the future and highlights opportunities for collaboration.
Keywords: bladder, bowel, continence, pelvic floor, technology.