Sophia Kambouris
Industrial Design and Technology BA
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Project Description

Millions of people worldwide suffer from imbalanced potassium levels which pose serious health risks including seizures, heart attacks and greater all-cause mortality. Currently, the only way to test your potassium levels is through booking an in-person blood test at hospitals or GPs; the process which suffers from delays and poor communication issues – with individuals waiting up to 7 days to receive test results. Individuals with potassium imbalances are often living with lifelong conditions which they can only manage with lifestyle changes, treatment plans and dietary adjustments. The inability to monitor one’s potassium levels leaves patients in the dark and forces them to rely on estimates. In addition, individuals often miss out on normal daily activities attending appointments and avoiding strenuous situations for fear of worsening their condition. Kali is a monitoring system that allows people living with potassium imbalances to test their potassium levels anywhere and anytime. The device has a test strip reader where individuals insert a test strip, apply a drop of blood and it then analyses the potassium concentration which is then displayed on the screen. It comes with an accompanying application which allows users to store their test result history, provides suggestions on how to restore high or low levels, prompts users to take medication, log food and symptoms. The Kali system is design to encourage and empower patients to become more aware of how they best manage their condition.