Urinary incontinence is prevalent among the elderly, affecting 15% to 30% of noninstitutionalized adults over the age of 60 and at least half of the 1.5 million nursing home residents in the US. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging and may be caused by a variety of pathologic, anatomic, or physiologic factors. Although there are a number of behavioral, pharmacologic, and surgical treatments, the prevalence of the problem in nursing homes necessitates the use of various incontinencerelated products. This column highlights a few of these products.
Underpaid Stays Sature
Medical Disposables, a manufacturer of adult incontinence products, has produced an underpad that stays firmly in place and does not shift or bunch up.
The MaxiCare Sta-Put Underpad System uses two reusable straps to secure the underpad firmly to the bed. The straps, which are easily positioned between the mattress and the bed springs, have low-profile buttons at each end that are affixed to the four corners of the pad. The result is a super absorbent underpad that lies flat, ensuring continuous comfort for the user.
Benefits to the healthcare facility are numerous: a reduction in linen use, less time changing linens and cleaning beds, improved staff morale, and higher quality patient care.
The Sta-Put System is usually no more expensive than using multiple conventional underpads or incontinence briefs. Most health-care professionals feel that continuous use of adult diapers, no matter how absorbent they are, is harmful to the patient.
At a size of 25 inches X 36 inches, the underpads are large and provide excellent coverage of the bed. Because only one pad is needed per change, they are cost-effective.
Each pad contains PolyFresh polymer, which offers extra absorbency and neutralizes the irritating effects of ammonia on the skin. The pads are also extremely strong and durable and will not tear when wet.
The pads are easy to use. Once the straps are in place under the mattress (no lifting required), they remain for the stay of the patient and allow a new underpad to be installed in seconds.
For more information, contact 800-241-8205.
Male External Catheter Introduced
Mentor Corporation introduced the first silicone male external catheter for the management of urinary incontinence. Because of its medical-grade silicone material, Clear Advantage adds comfort and convenience for those patients who have experienced skin sensitivity to latex or are prone to skin irritation. The clarity of Clear Advantage also offers maximum wear time due to the ability to fully view the skin, eliminating the need for frequent removal. Clear Advantage is available in five sizes, from small to extra large, and will be packaged in 30-day kits to address reimbursement and in economical boxes of 100.
In addition to providing greater safety and comfort, the silicone is hypoallergenic, more breathable, and less absorbent, providing a more natural environment for the skin. The skinfriendly qualities of Clear Advantage and the clarity of the material provide for better placement and positioning of the catheter for safe, dependable longterm wear.
For more information, contact Mentor Corporation, 600 Pine Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117; 800-328-3863.
Convenient Catheter Hook Offers Distretion
A unique accessory for wheelchair-bound individuals who use catheters has been introduced. The collapsible Catheter Hook provides a convenient and discreet place to hold a patient's catheter bag. Eliminating the need for patients to hold the bag in their laps, the unit helps reduce the embarrassment of having a catheter in place.
The design can also be used to carry other medical or personal items in an accessible yet out-ofthe-way location. The collapsible Catheter Hook does not interfere with the functioning of the wheelchair and folds out of the way when not in use.
For more information, contacts Department CI1682, Invention Submission Corp, 903 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; 412288-1788.
Incentinence Care Brief is Reusable
Med-I-Pants streamlined Ultra-Fit brief has been designed to conform to the contours of the body for superior fit and containment with minimum bulk. Recommended for medium to high levels of incontinence, this fullfitting brief may be worn by those confined to bed or by ambulatory patients. It can easily be pulled up and down to promote toilet training.
The high-cut rear waist and "No-Leak" leg construction help prevent leakage, and three-position snaps allow for easy adjustability and a snug, personalized fit. The brief's soft quilted inner surface remains wrinkle-free to promote comfort and good skin care. Multi-layered inner absorbency in the critical central area ensures maximum fluid containment. The smooth Satinine 100% impermeable barrier is discreet under clothing. All fabrics in the Ultra-Fit brief have been selected with regard to comfort, efficiency, and long-term economy.
Ultra-Fit briefs are colorcoded for easy size identification and are available in sizes extra small to extra large.
For more information, contact Med-I-Pant, Inc, PO Box 448, Champlain, NY 12919; 800-361-4964.