Does incontinence increase risk of urinary tract infection?
Incontinence can increase the risk of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). To reduce the risk, provide proper skin care by cleansing the perineal area after each incontinent episode and between product changes. Remember to always wash from front to back to avoid the spread of bacteria. Disposable adult washcloths are an excellent solution for easy clean-up, especially when on the go.
Also, consider switching to Prevail® for patients' and residents' protective hygiene needs. Long Term Care Facilities that use Prevail report better rates of Urinary Tract Infections among their residents than facilities that use other products*.
*Based on analysis of Nursing Home Compare database on DataMedicare.gov, comparing publicly reported urinary tract infection rates during the period October 2016 – September 2017 among Prevail Accounts and all combined Non-First Quality Accounts, and comparing each to State and National averages. A "Prevail Account" is defined as a nursing home facility with at least thirty beds and thirty residents where at least 50% of the adult absorbent incontinence products it purchases are Prevail products. A "Non-First Quality Account" is defined as a nursing home facility with at least thirty beds and thirty residents that does not purchase any First Quality adult absorbent incontinence products. While First Quality is encouraged by the results of this analysis, it has not [yet] conducted a study to determine whether Prevail adult absorbent incontinence products can be clinically shown to reduce the risk of urinary tract infection among long- stay nursing care residents and the FDA has not approved a urinary tract infection prevention claim. Given the positive results of First Quality's analysis, however, further study is warranted.
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Source: Prevail eNurse Team.