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What is Double Incontinence?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

As if suffering from one kind of incontinence were not enough, some people suffer from both urinary and faecal incontinence. When a person suffers from both types of incontinence, they are said to have double incontinence. Double incontinence may affect both women and men and is less common than suffering from one type or the other.

Studies have shown that quality of life for people who suffer from double incontinence is more greatly impaired than in those who suffer from urinary incontinence alone. This may be due to the fact that there is a social stigma attached to faecal incontinence, and faecal incontinence brings more feelings of embarrassment and shame. People who suffer from double incontinence may isolate themselves more due to embarrassment over their condition. Double incontinence is not limited to men or women but occurs with almost equal prevalence amongst both sexes, according to studies.

It is important for people who suffer from double incontinence to speak to their physician about the problem. Faecal incontinence is thought to be underreported in comparison to urinary incontinence, and double incontinence even more so. However, without sufferers acknowledging to their physician that a problem exists, nothing can be done to address their problem. The physician may be able to help determine the cause and explain different treatment options that may be available. Having an understanding of the cause of double incontinence is important in determining the best treatment available. A physician will likely take a thorough history and performing a physical exam. Tests may be ordered to pinpoint where the problem lies. Treatment options may range from self-help remedies to medications to surgery, but until the individual seeks help, the physician will be unable to offer any assistance.

For anyone suffering from double incontinence, it is important to seek help. There are many treatment options available, which can help to improve the quality of life. There are also many incontinence products available on the market today, which can really help to manage the many challenges of dealing with incontinence.

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Continence Care Management

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Incontinence is a health care problem that cannot be ignored, and the problem is growing geometrically as the population is aging. Continence care nursing is a growing area of nursing specialty that identifies, assesses and manages urinary, fecal and double incontinence. This nursing specialty looks at health care problems from a holistic point of view as it considers causative factors and the complications that accompany the management of urinary and fecal loss. Continence care nursing includes risk assessment, prevention and skin problems.

While the foundation for primary continence management is based in understanding the normal voiding process, the continence nurse will identify risk factors for both urinary and fecal incontinence as well as assess the overall condition of their patient. This includes getting the patient’s medical history, giving the patient physical examination, and building a profile of the patient’s voiding habits. The continence nurse also looks for factors that can complicate the situation like infection, impacted bowel, urine retention, skin damage and neurological abnormalities.

The primary continence care nurse is responsible for setting up an appropriate continence management program. The nurse will manage food and fluid intake, assist with bowel training and bladder retraining, oversee physical therapy, manage catheter and offer education to their patients. The nurse will also identify patients who require more in depth symptom analysis.

The advanced continence care nurse will perform the same assessments that a primary continence care nurse does as well as performing a detailed physical exam, fluoroscopic imaging, overseeing management of the patient’s condition, helping with pelvic floor rehabilitation/education, and fitting vaginal pessaries.

Both the primary and advanced continence care nurses know the physiology and anatomy of the digestive system including the GI, GU and integumentary systems. The continence care nurse is comfortable dealing with elimination problems and can collaborate with other health care professionals to help the patient manage their continence problem.

With over half of the elderly populations in institutions having continence issues, the continence care nurse is proving to be a valuable addition to a comprehensive and holistic approach to dealing with the challenges of continence health.

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