An Australian company named Simavita has created the world’s first pair of electronic underwear, meant to alert carers about patient’s incontinent episodes.
This brilliant innovation was designed to make assessment easier, simpler and more accurate for carers as well as more effective and less embarrassing for users.
Significantly, apart from improving the quality of life for aged care residents and those who care for them, the SIMsystem™ can save more than 50% of the cost of labour associated with manual continence assessments. Thereby providing that all important additional time for greater focus on other activities in the care of the aging person.
How it works
Simavita CEO Philippa Lewis said:
“We developed SIMsystem to provide greater comfort and dignity to the elderly while aiming to significantly lower costs for aged care facilities.”
Simavita is a company established to develop solutions that improve quality of life across the Global Healthcare Spectrum.
The 17th UKCS (United Kingdom Continence Society) Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Torquay – the English Riviera – from the 12th to the 14th of April 2010.
As usual the conference was designed to offer a wide variety of updates on professional practices as well as general motivational presentations by top-level speakers.
The Conference will appeal to:
* All those involved in promoting continence in the community and hospital settings
* Colo-rectal surgeons
* PCT managers
* Specialist nurses including Continence Advisors
The 17th UK Continence Society Annual Conference will Feature:
* Keynote Presentations
* Oral Presentations (following Abstract Review)
* Poster Presentations (following Abstract Review) and Poster Walk
* Skills Workshops and Clinical Physiology Workshop
* ACA supported session
* Urodynamics Workshop
* Networking Opportunities
For more information visit the UKCS Scientific Meeting official website and stay tuned on our blog as more news emerge we will sure be the first ones to have it.
This revolutionary device named the Urgent Neuromodulation System stimulates a group of nerves called the sacral nerve plexus. These nerves are involved in regulating the working of the bladder.
How it Works
In a pain-free procedure an electrode which has a fine needle at the end, is placed in the skin near the ankle, when the device is turned on it “tickles” the nerve generating and electrical impulse that will travel all the way up to the sacral nerve.
Each session last for 30 minutes, every week and is carried out as an outpatient procedure and research suggest benefits start to be seen after six weeks.
“This kind of stimulation represents an excellent option for patients who are unwilling or unable to tolerate adverse events from medications” said the researchers from several centres in America.
Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. “It does seem to have the required effects, and those effects seem to last, suggesting a long-term benefit.”
Here at All About Incontinence we only work with the best incontinence products manufacturers. As many of you already know TENA is UK’s number 1 bladder weakness and incontinence expert and we are proud to be an authorised dealer for TENA’s incontinence products range.
What makes TENA special? In this article we will bring you the answer for this question and more about the UK’s leading incontinence products manufacturer.
The reason for such a great success lies on continuous and comprehensive understanding of incontinence patients needs. TENA is always hearing what women and healthcare patients have to say on how to evolve and improve their incontinence products to meet the changing needs in terms of security, comfort and discretion.
Odour Control™ means guaranteed freshness Close
The distinctive smell from urine comes from the bacteria which produce ammonia to create an acrid odour that cannot simply be masked by perfume. TENA’s Odour Control™ is designed to reduce the growth of bacteria eliminating odours for freshness and confidence.
The Range to fit your body and your lifestyle
Different people have different needs, TENA developed a range of products of various shapes, sizes and absorbency levels to suit all kinds of activities and body shapes for comfort and confidence in any situation.
Micro technology allows for ultra discretion
For years scientists have been making just about everything smaller. It’s amazing what you can pack into a small package, just think of your mobile phone.
The same is true of TENA: thousands of micro absorbents give a far greater absorption and retention capacity relative to the size of the product. TENA’s smaller incontinence products are just 3mm thick and yet have the capacity to absorb as much as an espresso cup full of liquid whilst staying invisible even under tight fitting clothes.
TENA products are designed to manage the specific properties of urine – so they are generally two sizes smaller than the equivalent absorbency level of sanitary towel, making them the more discreet and effective choice every time.
Faster absorption means nothing escapes
Urine is thin and fast flowing and can leak on to clothes in an instant without the right kind of protection. TENA products are engineered with high-speed surface inlets for rapid absorption to avoid the risk of leakage.
Got questions about TENA’s incontinence products range or any other question about incontinence? Don’t hesitate to ask them on our comments section and one of our incontinence experts will answer them as soon as possible.
Incontinence is a condition that affects a wide variety of individuals, both genders, all ages and for a wide variety of reasons. In America the adult incontinence products market generates 1.3 billion Dollars, approximatelly 850 million Pounds, no wonder the three major incontinence products manufacturers are investing big on the marketing of their new products.
Tena Incontinence Products, one of the major players in the US incontinence market are due to launch a new range of female incontinence pads named the Tena Ultra Thins.
Till now for moderate to heavy leakages there was little option and pads were rather bulky. Tena Ultra Thins are improved and less bulky incontinence pads designed specially for the moderate to heavy segment.
Spence Deane Deane from Personal Care Products Marketing VP at SCA Pesonal Care North America, Tena’s Parent Company, has said that these new incontinence pads will provide more discretion to female users.
There are no set dates for a UK launch but stay tuned on our blog as news emerges we will sure have it first hand.
In 2010 social care is in crisis and in need of urgent reform. The main carers’ benefit is worth just £1.52 an hour, well short of the minimum wage of £5.73. (and even less than that if you’re retired, disabled or on a low income).
Carers are paying a heavy price – no money, no breaks, many forced to give up work and a constant battle for support. Some are pushed to the point of collapse.
The government has invested in carers’ breaks and other support for carers. But this falls far short of the action needed now if it is to make good on its promise that by 2018 carers will have a life of their own and not be forced into financial hardship.
A few days ago we brought you the news that Whoopi Goldberg would be starring in a series of webisodes to inform and help women experiencing light-bladder-leakage (stress urinary incontinence).
Today we bring you the first of these webisodes with Whoopi dressed as Mona Lisa. The former Golden Globe winner deals with this serious matter that affects 1 in 3 women in a fun way that hopefully will incite women experiencing LBL (light bladder leakage) to go and see a doctor or at least talk to someone about it.
Comedian and movie star Whoopi Goldberg has played many roles in her acting life but her latest perhaps is the most daring and touching of them all.
The star of Sister Act 1 and 2 will be the new face and voice of an American incontinence product manufacturer. Whoopi Goldberg will star in a series of webisodes that will talk about incontinence products and incontinence itself.
In the video below Whoopi talks to Missy Lavender, founder of the Women’s Health Foundation, about light bladder leakage or as Whoopi calls it the “sprits”. You can also see a preview of the webisodes that will be online soon.
For the first time, it will be possible for an unpaid carer looking after a loved one to build up a full basic State Pension based entirely on National Insurance credits. The Department for Work and Pensions and Carers UK are calling on the 4.7 million carers across the country to find out if they could benefit.
April 2010 will see the introduction of the new Carer’s Credit that will count towards their basic and second State Pension. People may not recognise the help they give unpaid to a disabled, ill or family member as caring but today they are being encouraged to come forward if they are looking after someone for at least twenty hours a week.
Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society Angela Eagle said: “We want people to tell us if they, or people they know, are looking after somebody for more than 20 hours a week so they benefit from this change. The State Pension is everyone’s foundation of financial security in later life and therefore, it’s only right that caring for others should be counted towards it.”
The natural focus for most carers is to meet the immediate needs of their loved one rather than on planning their own financial future. Results by the Ipsos MORI survey found less than one in five of the carers (19%) pay regularly into savings and only one in seven felt they had a comfortable amount put aside for the future. It also revealed almost half (46%) the carers it questioned are worried about their financial future and just over a third (36%)have dipped into savings as a result of caring.
Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “We know saving for your retirement years won’t be your priority when you suddenly find yourself caring for a loved one. But there are simple steps you can take to secure your State Pension that will protect your long-term future as you care for others.”
If you are caring for someone for 20 hours or more a week you could get the new Carer’s Credit that will count towards your State Pension. Find out if you qualify by visiting www.direct.gov.uk/pensions or by calling 0800 678 1132.
Source: Carers UK