The Abena Abri-San Special is a unique shaped incontinence pad, specially designed for fecal incontinence. These shaped disposable incontinence pads have uniquely designed leakage barriers with “built-in” pockets to keep faeces inside even when under pressure making them a unique product. Read more about the Abri-San Special.
The new backing is fitted to Medium and Large size across all (Plus, Super and Maxi) absorbencies and offers many benefits over the older style products to improve comfort and ease of use. New TENA Slip with ConfioAir™utilises breathable materials to allow the skin to breathe and maintain skin health. The sides are twice as breathable as traditional products and are designed to keep moisture at the skin’s natural level.
The key benefits of TENA Slip with ConfioAir™ are:
- Healthier skin due to better maintining skin dryness due the new breathable back-sheet and breathable non-woven sides
- The new textile-like material feels gentle and more comfortable on the skin
- New, wider hook tapes for easier fastening and multiple adjustments
- Fast-acting, highly absorbent core securely protects against leakage
- Dermatologically tested
As a response to the requests we’ve received to increase our range of Bariatric Incontinence products, Allanda have now added the XXL sized Prevail Incontinence Pants to our range. These pants are designed for a hip/waist size of 68″ to 80″ (173-203cm), and a cloth feel, breathable backing for skin comfort and tolerance. Should a larger waist size be required the Prevail XXL All in One Pads fit up to a 94″ (240cm) waist.
TENA Slip Ultima is a new TENA Slip product that offers even higher protection than TENA Slip Maxi. It’s longer product core gives it faster absorption and enhanced urine retention, thus reducing the risk of leakages, especially for those requiring a high absorption product.
It’s breathable textile feel material helps maintain healthy skin and improves comfort. Wider fixation tabs make it easier to get a secure, comfortable fit.
TENA Slip Ultima is available in in Medium and Large sizes. To help customers save money we’ve also added Case Savers for TENA Slip Ultima to our range as well, again in Medium and Large sizes. These offer savings of up to 25% over the price of single packs.
Following requests we’ve now added the ultra absorbent Abena Abri-San Premium Extra 10 and Abena Abri-San Premium Extra Plus 11 to our range of Shaped Disposable Incontinence Pads. These Abri-San pads from Abena are super absorbent with a total absorbency of 2800ml and 3400ml respectively.
Other benefits of the Abena Abri-San range include:
-Odour Neutraliser to keep you protected for up to 12 hours.
-Body shaped for comfort and leakage protection.
-Discreet, soft, noiseless textile-feel backing.
-Discreet and comfortable.
-Wetness Indicator helps you identify when product needs changing.
-3 Absorption layers for fast absorption and greater capacity.
-Leakage barrier extend right to the edge of the pad with built-in cross barriers to the front and back .
Abena’s incontinence products are produced in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France. Abena incontinence products are amongst the more technologically advanced.
The Abena Abri-San range forms a complete range of anatomically shaped pads for all degrees of incontinence from for lighter through to moderate or heavier incontinence. Abri-San Incontinence pads are designed to be worn with mesh support pants or close fitting underwear.
The new advanced double 3 layered absorbent core ensures fluids are locked inside the absorbent core and contact with the skin is minimised. Also the new soft and discreet textile back sheet offers greater wearing comfort and no rustling or noise.
Abena Abri-San Sizes (Approx.):
Work is stressful. But when the added strain of a medical condition keeps you from performing your best, the workday can be even more worrisome.
Stress incontinence is a medical condition caused when the muscles and nerves that hold or release urine fail to function properly. This results in an involuntary loss of small to significant amounts of urine during movement (for example, coughing, exercising or lifting).
Women are much more likely than men to experience urinary incontinence. In fact, incontinence can cause monthly on-the-job, performance-related issues for more than one-third of women in the work-force. According to a study by the University of Michigan, women who indicated that incontinence had a negative effect on their work stated their ability to complete tasks without interruption (34%) and their self-confidence (28%) were affected significantly (see chart).
Negative impact of incontinence on work performance
|Aspect of work||Percent|
|Ability to complete tasks without interruption||34%|
|Performance of physical activities||29%|
|Ability to concentrate||19%|
Stress incontinence can be embarrassing to the people it afflicts. It can also create feelings of powerlessness. Employers can help by ensuring appropriate access to toilets (this means allowing employees reasonable use of toilets, especially if they have a medical condition) and that these comply with relevant regulations and standards.
Employees with urinary incontinence should have a candid discussion with their manager about their condition. This will help assure he or she understands that frequent trips to the restroom are medically necessary and not performance related.
There are ways to relieve the embarrassment caused by stress incontinence. Several treatments: lifestyle, behavioural and surgical are available, and your doctor or urologist should be able to recommend the ones best for you.
Your physician will ask you to record the times and frequency of bathroom breaks to determine a pattern. A schedule will be developed so you gain control over your voiding and can extend the time between scheduled trips to the restroom.
Pelvic Floor exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. If done correctly, women could see marked improvement with incontinence in about eight to 12 weeks.
Remember, you’re not alone. Millions of people the world over have daily, severe incontinence, and many more are diagnosed with mild to moderate urinary incontinency. The condition is more prevalent in women due to childbearing, with a 30% report rate for women ages 15 to 64. Men are less affected, about 15%, but the rates are rising as more men undergo prostate surgery. The best news is that it is treatable. If you or someone you know is affected by incontinence, talk with a medical professional about treatments.
With a two-fold purpose of improving urinary incontinence care while standardizing data collection, Gweepi Medical Inc. is developing a wireless sensor and software system for nursing homes and other healthcare providers.
Gweepi’s disposable sensor patch is applied to a pad. When it becomes wet, the wireless sensor sends an alert to nursing staff, who can attend to the wearer immediately. We’ve already mentioned similar systems in our news section over the last 12 months but what’s interesting about the Gweepi system is that it also stamps and stores the time and severity of the episode, opening up the potential for a personalized care plan based on aggregated data.
Automating the collection and aggregation of data related to incontinence incidents could make it easier for nursing homes to gather quality metrics and help put together more tailored continence management programmes to better meet user’s needs.
Inspired by a family member who had a diaper alert system for a child, Shivaprakash saw the opportunity in the senior care market and joined up with former classmate Matt Racki, a software engineer, to form Gweepi. They now have a functional prototype and are working on refining their business model.
Shivaprakash said there are multiple avenues the company could take for marketing the product but for a start, the company has a commitment from an East Coast nursing home to pilot the system there and will be actively looking for funding in the near future.
1. Establish a culture that promotes continence, rather than just checking and changing incontinence products. This includes establishing teams of incontinence specialists, setting incident-reduction goals, raising awareness of a plan, periodically ensuring guideline compliance, benchmarking and establishing a staff competency program.
2. Develop a formal bowel and bladder programme. One of the best ways to decrease the incidence of incontinence in long-term care residents is having a clear bowel and bladder program that is in compliance with current clinical guidelines (e.g. NICE). Often suppliers of incontinence pads can supply such a programme.
3. Promote continence with broad staff education and training. Low incontinence incidents and positive survey results may lull many providers into a false sense of security, sometimes surveyors may overlook how the home is promoting continence and you might continue the same process that has contributed to higher incidents of falls, nosocomial infection or depression. Proper staff education and support on perineal care is essential to help eliminate skin breakdown or redness before it can occur as well.
4. Properly assess and identify vulnerable areas. Proper assessments include identifying the type of incontinence, and often the cause. The assessment should lead to the proper care plan and also the type of incontinence product and care that will best support the highest possible level of continence for each individual. A structured program can help identify and treat some very simple underlying causes of incontinence, such as medications, poor dexterity or mobility, anatomical defects or lack of appropriate staff.
5. Keep your eyes and ears open. It might seem simplistic, but many homes link cost with effectiveness when often a more expensive treatment or product will be more effective and reduce overall costs through such areas as reduced treatment of skincare issues or laundry bills. There are undoubtedly many treatments available for incontinence, but the best treatment is simply to pay vigilance and attention to each individual clients situation.
6. Be mindful of the total cost of incontinence. Incontinence pads represent only a fraction of care costs. Consider other metrics such as change rates, cost of laundry, nursing time, medications or ointments, falls and cost of skin injuries.
7. Understand that it’s more than just a physical problem. Preserving the dignity of the resident is paramount. Staff can help residents emotionally by making them feel confident, and by providing quality support products that reduce the incidence of embarrassing leakage.
8. Provide easily identifiable products. Make it as easy as possible for staff to identify the proper supplies, including undergarments and topical treatments, e.g. through using products where the packaging means that names can be read from across the room and also colour-coded packs and products. Staff can are often be overworked, so different products can be quickly identified can help when staff are busy.
Some Mistakes to avoid are:
- Using outdated continence management policies or guidelines.
- Assuming a good survey and few incontinence incidents mean you are managing the problem well.
- Skipping an initial assessment of vulnerable areas of the body.