How often should the products be changed?
How often you change the product depends on the level of leakage and type of incontinence. The more someone leaks, the more often you should change the product.
For bladder leakage, products should be changed once wetness is felt. Individuals with heavier bladder leakage may require more frequent protective hygiene changes. Always provide proper perineal care after each incontinent episode and prior to applying a clean absorbent product to prevent odor, infection, and skin irritation. Disposable adult washcloths should be used for efficient clean-up, especially when on the go.
For bowel leakage, protective hygiene products should be changed as soon as a bowel incontinent incident has occurred. When left on the skin, fecal matter can cause skin irritation and discomfort. As with bladder leakage, provide proper perineal care before applying a new product to prevent odor, infection, and skin irritation. For bowel leakage, disposable adult washcloths are also an excellent solution for easy on-the-go clean-up.
If there hasn't been any bladder or bowel leakage, there's no immediate need to change the product. But if the product has been worn for a long time, it may have become moist from perspiration and should be changed.
Tired of changing products so often? Try switching to Prevail. Customers who switched to Prevail® protective hygiene products used almost 2 fewer products per day than with their previous products.*
*according to a study conducted in Q4 2017 among caregivers and patients using absorbent adult incontinence products in the home
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Source: Prevail eNurse Team.