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.
Urinary incontinence is more common than reported. Regrettably, many people suffer in silence and restrict their daily activities. Yet incontinence is often easily managed and treated, indeed, experts have shown that nearly 80% of people with poor bladder control can be cured or improve.
Bladder control is a problem for women and men, and some young people. Experts estimate that four out of five incontinence patients are women — especially those who have had pregnancies or who are elderly.
Urine leakage is the symptom of a medical problem. Diabetes, strokes or Parkinson’s can damage nerves. A bladder infection or irritation (like a kidney stone) can scar the urethra (the tube that moves urine from the bladder). Childbirth can weaken muscles, stretch tendons, or damage nerves. Drugs like diuretics can increase bladder activity. It can be hard to get to a toilet if severe arthritis slows walking, or if medication makes a person confused or sleepy. Lower estrogen during menopause can weaken the vaginal canal.
There are several types of incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when pressure on the bladder causes a loss of control and leakage. This often occurs when a person sneezes, laughs, falls, runs, exercises or lifts a heavy object. Urge incontinence is different; the bladder becomes overactive, perhaps from a spasm. The sudden urge to go makes a person rush to the toilet. Overflow incontinence can occur when the bladder will not empty and urine builds. Something might prevent the bladder from emptying, such as constipation, an enlarged prostate, or scar tissue.
Pelvic surgery and trauma can affect the nerves, muscles, and structure of the pelvic area.
For women, the trauma of childbirth and carrying a baby can reduce support of pelvic organs, affect the bladder, and injure nerves. After a pregnancy, weak muscles can also cause the bladder or uterus to drop out of place and bulge into the vaginal canal or press down on the rectum.
For men, especially older men, an enlarged prostate or prostate surgery can weaken muscles or cause nerve damage. The surgeon might widen a passage for urine or use techniques to shrink an enlarged prostate gland. Men can need surgery for prostate cancer. At times, surgery results in complications such as impotence or incontinence
There are many urological tests that can help specialists learn the specific problem or problems causing leakage. Urodynamics tests are helpful to see how efficiently a bladder fills and empties.
However, don’t assume that incontinence is a problem that you must just accept.
Don’t be embarrassed to get help. Specialists (urologists for men and women, or urogynecologists for women) can do tests to pinpoint medical problems. Finfing the right solution depends on identifying the real problem.
Don’t be afraid to be honest with your doctor or nurse, give a complete history so they have all the information to make a correct diagnosis. Don’t be surpised to be asked for a physical examination and to provide a urine sample.
Look for habits that you can change to manage leakage. Some people improve by avoiding caffeine, alcohol and certain drugs, and by limiting fluids at night before bedtime. A diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can reduce constipation. Drink enough fluids in the daytime to avoid urinary tract infections and constipation.
If you weigh too much, lose weight. A large belly puts pressure on the pelvic muscles. Excess weight can cause both stress and urge incontinence.
For urge incontinence, create a regular schedule to empty your bladder, starting at every two hours. Over time, you can increase the time between trips to the bathroom. This schedule can retrain your bladder to control urges.
Regardless of your age or sex, force yourself to do Pelvic Floor (Kegel) exercises. They can strengthen muscles to support the bladder and control leakage. Don’t just blame old age or being out of shape for your poor bladder control.
If you are a young woman, start doing Kegel exercises before getting pregnant. Strong pelvic muscles will serve you throughout your life and could make the effects of childbirth less difficult.
Fashionable tight-fitting jeans can cause bladder weakness and long- term health consequences, medical experts have warned. The uber-cool skinny denims, favoured by celebs such as Russell Brand, Jude Law and Joey Essex can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and in some agonising cases, men can even suffer with twisted testicles.
A study of 2,000 British men, conducted by TENA Men, the leading male incontinence brand, has revealed that 10 per cent of men have experienced an unpleasant side-effect as a result of wearing skinny jeans.
Dr Hilary Jones, TENA Brand Ambassador and campaign spokesperson, said:
“Men who wear tight or ill-fitting trousers or underwear which is restrictive around the groin area could be damaging their health.
“Wearing tight-fitting clothing over a prolonged period of time can lead to urinary tract infections leading to over-activity of the bladder- a type of bladder weakness as well as a low sperm count and fungal infections.
“I have seen several cases of men who have twisted their testicles due to wearing jeans that are far too tight.
“My advice would be to make sure you leave plenty of room around the groin area and that your pants and trousers feel comfortable so you’re not being restricted in any way.
“Please don’t put style before health.”
Tight-fitting jeans around the groin area can put additional pressure on the bladder but can also lead to bacteria breeding and re-entering the body causing urinary tract infections; this increases the need to urinate more frequently and can cause severe pain. Of those men suffering from skinny jeans, half had experienced groin discomfort, over a quarter had bladder troubles and one in five suffered a twisted testicle. Worryingly, one in four regularly squeeze into jeans- with the biggest reasons given for enduring tightness being ‘to show I can still fit in them’ and ‘because they look good.’
In fact, three in ten has suffered discomfort from tight jeans and 40% of men admit they sometimes sacrifice comfort over style. One in seven British men regularly wear skinny jeans, but more than a third confess they don’t actually know their correct jean size, whilst when it comes to picking jeans, just 7% described softness and comfort as an important factor.
Zoe Brimfield, TENA Men Brand Manager said:
“With this survey we were keen to highlight that while men may like the look of tight-fitting jeans, it’s important that they are not compromising their health. Wearing skinny or ill-fitting jeans can lead to bladder weakness as a longer-term consequence. Male bladder weakness is more common than people think, with 1 in 9 men in the UK currently experiencing some form of the condition.”
We now offer CASE SAVER discounts on all our most popular incontinence Bed Pads. As well as Lille Bed Extra 24”x16” (DBB09) and Super 24”x36” (DDB08) we also now offer Lille Bed Extra 24″x24″ (DBB05), the more absorbent Lille Bed Super 24″x24″(DBB17) and Lille Bed Extra 24″x36″ (DBB06) in CASE SAVERS, giving you the opportunity to save up to 29% on disposable bed pads.
Following on from the success of our new CASE SAVERS for TENA Pants Super Medium, we’ve now introduced similar great value savers for Disposable Bed Pads. Initially for Lille Bed 24”x16” (DBB09) and 24”x36” (DDB08). With prices from as low as 8p per pad for Lille Bed 24”x16” (DBB09) and 12p per pad for 24”x36” (DDB08), these Case Savers give up to a 30% discount from individual pack prices these offer a great opportunity to save money on everyday purchases.
We’ve now added bulk discounts for the TENA Comfort range of shaped incontinence pads. With prices from only £0.21 per pad and savings of up to 33% over recommended prices. Bulk discounts can be found for TENA Comfort Normal, Plus, Extra and Maxi absorbencies.
There are discounts of 12-22% for orders of 6 packs across the range.
These incontinence pads are designed to be worn with TENA Fix Mesh Fixation Pants to ensure a close fit to the body. TENA Comfort Incontinence Pads are body shaped to give a close fit to ensure comfort and leakage security.
A fitting guide can also be downloaded – Tena Comfort Fitting Guide.
For those who need assistance with changing, such as those who are bedridden, you may find Belted All in One pads such as TENA Flex the better option as it is easier to change if the wearer is lying down.