Ensure your patient has the right product at the right time 

With so many different disposable incontinence pads available in the marketplace, choosing the best pad for the needs of your patient can become onerous. 

Here are some tips to simplify the choices you help them to make:

    • Does it hold all the urine loss?
    • Is it cost effective long term?
    • Is it easy to apply correctly? 
    • Is it too bulky?
    • Will it protect my skin? 

Much research has gone into the development of disposable urinary incontinence products. Waterproof pads are a leading product which are designed to draw urine away from the outer layer of the pad, sitting next to your skin so your skin remains dry and the pad is free of odour.

The capacity of an incontinence pad commonly refers to how much urine the pad can effectively absorb without any leakage and may be displayed on the packaging as drops or millilitres (mLs). Pad sizing varies from extra small to extra-large and usually refers to waist measurement.  The same size pad can have several capacity options within a pad range. For example, an extra small nappy style pad may have a small, medium and large capacity.

 There are also a variety of other options to choose from within the disposable incontinence product range, including:

Pads with a sticky strip are designed for light to moderate urinary incontinence, with their capacity ranging extensively from 25mls -700 mls.

Pull-up style products look similar to regular underpants and come in male and female ranges and colours. They are designed for moderate to heavy urinary incontinence. Their capacity ranges are variable.

Two-piece pad and pants systems without sticky strips are designed for moderate to heavy urinary incontinence. These products need to be worn with firm fitting pants to hold them securely in place and these specially designed pants are available to be purchased with these pads. Often known as net or stretch pants, they are able to be used more than once. 

Nappy style products are more suited to less mobile patients with moderate to heavy urinary incontinence.

Booster pads are not waterproof and are designed to be worn inside another incontinence product. The urine passes through the booster into the product, increasing the capacity of either the all-in-one or pull-up product because it fills more slowly and may be worn for longer before it requires changing. However, booster pads are not designed to draw the urine away from the skin like waterproof incontinence pads. Booster pads must be changed regularly to prevent skin excoriation and/or skin breakdown.



Source: Victorian Continence Resource Centre


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