Incontinence Care Study that makes sense
A study published in Australia’s Journal of Clinical Nursing last week found that caregivers in nursing homes who used a telemonitoring system for just two weeks were able to drastically improve outcomes for residents suffering from incontinence.
Conducted at New South Wales’s Wollongong University, the research for the study took place over a 12-week period in 2011. Participating caregivers received training in how to use the wireless, mobile telemonitoring system that notified them whenever an incontinent resident had experienced a voiding event. The residents selected for the study were chosen on the basis of their having “high care needs.”
Participating staff members also created plans for care based on information the study collected over its first 72 hours. Then, researchers reassessed subject residents’ conditions after two weeks. According to the study’s results, outcomes of the developed care plans were statistically significant and reduced the total urine residents discharged into their continence pads.
Moreover, the study found lessening the number of necessary toilet visits for the residents over the course of the research improved successful toileting. And caregivers, the study showed, adhered more often to incontinence-care plans that incorporated telemonitoring systems.
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