THE FLOWTAKER®

Flowtaker® is a unique, affordable single-patient uroflowmeter for home use. Home uroflowmetry can enhance conventional treatment, giving a better representation of the patient’s symptoms in their daily lives1.

Uroflowmetry at home


Male patients can use Flowtaker® in the comfort of their own bathroom, simply by placing the supplied urine container on top of the Flowtaker® before each void. It records every toilet visit for up to 2 weeks, with the accuracy of an in-clinic Uroflowmeter. A green light indicates the Flowtaker® is active, there are no buttons to press and nothing to be written down by the patient. The Flowtaker® is equipped with an internal clock and automatically collects a voiding diary.

Return by mail

At the end of the recording period, the Flowtaker® can be returned by mail or in person to allow the healthcare professional to analyze the results.

Analysis at the clinic



The supplied Flowtaker® software automatically collects and analyses flow traces creating nomograms, voiding diaries, statistical analysis summaries and customizable reports.

The Flowtaker® set

A Flowtaker® box contains all the supplies to serve up to ten patients/investigations, and includes the Flowtaker® analysis software.


1 Neurourol Urodyn. 2007;26(4):474-80 “Flow Measurements …Make A Right?”

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BENEFITS


Improve assessment of patient’s symptoms

  • Save up to two weeks of uroflows
  • Automatically generated voiding diary
  • Record natural voiding patterns including nocturnal uroflows
  • View multiple flow traces with overlay options or nomogram

Increase efficiency and reduce costs

  • Reduce missed appointments due to no-shows and failed live uroflows
  • Convenient software with patient database, analysis and report options
  • Time saving for both your patient and the clinic

Patient friendly

  • Voiding in patient’s private home environment
  • Less traveling and spending time in the waiting room
  • Easy to use: no buttons to press, and nothing to write down
  • 83% of the patients prefer home uroflowmetry2

2 Eur Urol Suppl 2010;9(2):174, 500 “The accuracy of …cross over study”

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SOFTWARE







After receiving the Flowtaker sensor at the clinic (or the GP’s office), all data can easily be downloaded with a USB-cable into the Flowtaker® software program.

Patient database


The Flowtaker® software has a patient database to store the Flowtaker® data. The database can easily be searched for date, ID, date of birth, and Flowtaker® device ID to find the requested study.

Analysis


The software analyses multiple flow traces, giving a representative indication of the patient’s symptoms. Individual flow traces can be accessed via a Thumbnail overview window. A Frequency/volume page shows the automatically generated voiding dairy, also including total volumes per day. A Liverpool nomogram is available with all recorded uroflows and average shown in relation to the age corrected percentile curves. A supertrace window shows all uroflows and median in overlay mode. The statistics page shows results over all voids, 24h periods and nocturnal voids.

Reports


A customizable printable report can be easily generated and optionally includes a voiding diary, a nomogram, thumbnails of individual flows, supertrace plot, and statistics as desired.

 

 
Screenshots of Analysis with the Flowtaker software

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VIDEO


Introducing Flowtaker®




Flowtaker® – Steps to perform Uroflowmetry




Flowtaker® – How to Perform an Analysis in the Software




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BROCHURE


Flowtaker Brochure English (pdf, A4)
Flowtaker Brochure German (pdf, A4)
Flowtaker Brochure French (pdf, A4)
Flowtaker Brochure Spanish (pdf, A4)
Flowtaker Brochure English (pdf, US)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I remove the battery strip?
Pull on the plastic tab of the strip sticking out of the slot at the bottom of the Flowtaker. There is no need to remove the screws.

Can a different urine container be used?
No, the Flowtaker® is calibrated with the provided urine container.

Can a funnel be used?
No, the Flowtaker® is calibrated with the provided urine container without a funnel.

The toilet of the patient does not have a lid?
The Flowtaker® can be used on a flat, horizontal surface at a convenient height for voiding. The seat of a cleanable chair or a small table could for instance provide alternatives.

The toilet of the patient is too low?
The Flowtaker® can be used on a flat, horizontal surface at a convenient height for voiding. The seat of a cleanable chair or a small table could for instance provide alternatives.

How can the patient clean the Flowtaker® and urine container?
Remove spilled urine with a piece of toilet paper. Never allow water to get inside the Flowtaker. Rinse the urine container with tap water.

How can the patient store the Flowtaker®?
Place the Flowtaker® upright with instruction sticker facing upwards, on a convenient location at room temperature. Do not place any objects such as the urine container on the Flowtaker® during storage.

How can the patient return the Flowtaker®?
The complete Flowtaker® package comes with return envelopes for each Flowtaker®. Otherwise the patient can take the Flowtaker® to the next appointment.

How can the patient dispose the urine container, bag and instruction pamphlet?
Follow local regulation. The paper bag and instruction pamphlet can be recycled as paper waste.

What’s the maximum number of recording days? How long do the batteries last?
After activation by removal of the battery strip the Flowtaker® will record up to 14 days.
Refer to the Flowtaker® label for the expiry date of the device (without activation).

How many uroflows can be recorded?
1000 Uroflows of 1 minute (i.e. 500 flows of 2 minutes or 200 flows of 5 minutes).

Can the Flowtaker® sensor be re-used by another patient?
No, the Flowtaker® is a single patient device.

Does the patient need to fill-out a voiding dairy?
No, the Flowtaker® software automatically generates a voiding diary after downloading the data to the computer (not included: fluid intake).

Can I install the Flowtaker® software on more than one PC?
Yes, you can install the software on multiple PCs and laptops. A free USB port is required to transfer data from the Flowtaker® to the computer.

What’s the intended patient population for the Flowtaker®?
Intended patient population consists of adult male patients with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS).

What are the Flowtaker® specifications?
Digital weight sensor: measures voided volume and calculates flow.
Flow: Range: 0 – 50 ml/s, Resolution: 1 ml/s, Accuracy: within ±5 % of full scale.
Volume: Range: 0 – 1000 ml, Resolution: 1 ml, Accuracy: within ±5 % of full scale.

What are the computer system requirements for the Flowtaker® software?
The computer connected to the Flowtaker® must comply with latest version of one of the following standards: the IEC 60950, EN 60950 or UL 60950.

The minimum computer configuration for the Flowtaker® software is as follows: Celeron Processor, Clock speed ≥ 2.0 GHz, Operating system Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) or Windows 8.1 Professional (64 bit) with password protected user account, Internal memory 2.0 Gb, Hard disk 160 Gb, CD-DVD reader, USB ports 5 (Flowtaker® sensor, keyboard, mouse, printer, memory stick), Minimum screen resolution 1024 × 768.

I have another question
Please contact your sales representative or dealer for further questions.

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CONTACT

Please contact your Laborie local sales representative or distributor nearby via:

LABORIE International
Tel.: +1 905 612 1170
Email: intlmarketing@laborie.com
www.laborie.com/contacts

LABORIE Europe
Tel.: +31 53 480 3700
Email: info@laborie.com
www.mmsinternational.com/int/formulieren/7/contact-mms

LABORIE USA
Tel.: 1 800 522 6743
Email: usmarketing@laborie.com
www.laborie.com/contacts

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