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Urinary incontinence burdens long-term care

Urinary incontinence poses burden to long-term care

According to the July 1 online publication in the Journal of Aged Care.

Richard G. Stefanacci, DO of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and his Colleagues assessed the impact of UI on residents, staff, care processes, and quality measures in the LTC setting. The analysis included responses from nursing directors who had worked in facilities with ≥ 100 beds for at least one year.

Researchers found that of 62% of UI patients, 40% were always incontinent and 81% were treated with incontinence products UI. Nearly six in 10 respondents (59%) reported that UI management facilitates the flow of certified nursing assistants. More than one-third of resident falls (36%) occurred while residents were trying to go to the bathroom, and LTC quality measures affected by UI included urinary tract infections and serious injury falls. Few patients with UI (14%) received medical therapy.

“The impact and management of UI associated with overactive bladder is a heavy burden for LTC facilities and their residents and staff burden,” the authors wrote. “These results underscore the need for improved UI treatment, awareness, and management in this population.”

Further information:
Richard G. Stefanacci et al, Urinary Incontinence Associated with Overactive Bladder Implications for Long-Term Care Residents and Facilities: A Director of Nursing Perspective, Journal of Aged Care (2022). DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20220606-06

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