Last week, an unusual story came out of New York, where a Chicago-based hardware company reportedly limits employees to a 6-minute bathroom break each day in attempts to increase worker productivity.
WaterSaver Faucet Company even installed a swipe card device that tracks how much time each employee is in the bathroom. Those who manage to go the whole day without relieving themselves during work hours are rewarded with a gift card of up to $20 each month, or $1 a day.
Skin health and personal hygiene are critical when taking care of a loved one who is both incontinent and bedridden. Staying in bed for long hours, while wearing an adult diaper can cause painful pressure sores (bed sores) on the skin. If left untreated, pressure sores can be deadly. Below are five incontinence products that’ll help keep your bedridden loved one’s skin healthy:
- An extra absorbent brief. The briefs with the tape tabs, not the ones you pull up on, are best for bedridden patients for two reasons. First, they’re typically thicker and more absorbent than pull up underwear. Secondly, unlike pull ups, adult briefs are easier to put on and take off the user. Abena, Tena and Tranquility make some of the most absorbent adult diapers on the market.
Many men who experience incontinence are often reluctant to seek help about their bladder problems. They feel embarrassed, yet would suffer in silence than go to the doctor’s. Oftentimes, they’ll scour the Internet to figure out what’s going on with their body and what they can do to stop the leakage.
Now, these men can find an abundance of information at the National Association for Continence (NAFC) website (www.nafc.org/malesui), which has recently been updated with more information about male stress urinary incontinence. Visitors will also find an educational video and a pamphlet on understanding and treating stress incontinence in men.
More than 50 percent of noninstitutionalized adults aged 65 and over suffer from incontinence, according to a new CDC report.
Data was taken from various surveys, including the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF). Patients in the study came from nursing homes, residential care facilities, home health care and hospice agencies or were noninstitutionalized. Different definitions were used for incontinence for these different populations, so researchers could not compare the results against each other.
However, they did find that incontinence, both bladder and fecal, is a common issue that needs to be addressed.
Some results include:
The theme of this year’s World Continence Week (June 23 – 29) is “Bladder Diary Day”.
The International Continence Society (ICS) is asking the public to fill out a 24-hour bladder diary to determine what is “normal” bladder behavior. These diaries will be a part of “the biggest study in the history of the International Continence Society”.
A bladder diary is used to determine a pattern in one’s urinary habits. Participants will record how often they pee during the day and night, if they feel urges to urinate, if and how many times they experience leakages and what kind of drinks they’ve had and how it affects their bladder. Doctors often ask patients to complete a bladder diary to help them figure out what could be affecting the abnormal urinary behavior and/or leakage.