Category Archives: Incontinence

Cunningham Clamps for Incontinence Control

Urinary incontinence is a pretty common and embarrassing health issue that may affect your daily activities. Its severity can range from involuntarily leaking urine whenever you sneeze or cough to frequently having a sudden urge to urinate. While some individuals experience little and occasional leaks, others completely lose control over their bladder.

Cunningham Clamps for Incontinence ControlDifferent incontinence supplies can help you handle this health problem. In addition to lifestyle changes and medication, a penile clamp can be an efficient product to manage male incontinence. While several types of incontinence clamps are available in the market, the Cunningham clamp is probably the best working device for people of all ages.

The Bard Cunningham clamp exerts little pressure on an individual’s urethral canal to prevent urine leakage or incontinence. It has a frame made of stainless steel that supports a locking mechanism and two rubber pads. Made of spongy material, the Cunningham clamp can be comfortably adjusted according to the user’s requirements.

Besides being non-sterile and reusable, Cunningham clamps help a person control incontinence by providing an appropriate quantity of pressure. Its clamping mechanism is based on five different settings to efficiently handle male incontinence.

In order to obtain the best results, it is vital to follow Cunningham clamp instructions.

  • Wash your incontinence clamp with lukewarm water and a gentle soap.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Gently press foam pads to discharge water.
  • Let your Cunningham clamp dry in open environment. But, keep it away from direct sunlight or excess heat.
  • Never use hot water, bleach detergent, blow-dryer, or washer/dryer.

Never hesitate to consult your physician to control the distressing problem of urinary incontinence. Made of natural rubber, Bard Cunningham clamps are handy products that can ease your embarrassment and control urinary incontinence so that you can continue enjoying your life to the fullest.

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Living with Bladder Incontinence

Bladder incontinence or urinary incontinence is a very common problem, and is faced by millions of people worldwide. It is found in women and old aged people most often. A person who suffers from bladder incontinence has little or no control over his or her bladder.

If a person is suffering from urinary incontinence and it is affecting his or her daily activities, then a doctor should be consulted and incontinence help should be taken. Many a times, simple changes in lifestyle and basic medical treatments are effective.

Types

Bladder incontinence is of four main types: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, over flow incontinence and mixed incontinence. Stress incontinence is when urine leaks while a person is laughing, sneezing or coughing. Urge incontinence involves a sudden need to empty the bladder, and the person may not have enough time to go to the bathroom. Overflow incontinence is when urine starts dribbling because of a full or near full bladder.  Mixed incontinence is when two or more of the mentioned types are present.

Treatments

Bladder incontinence can be treated in many ways, and is effective for more than 80% of the people. The choice of incontinence treatments depend on the condition and severity. At times, even a few simple changes in diet such as avoiding fluids can prevent urine from leaking. There are also medications and surgical procedures for a severe level of incontinence. People can also make use of other incontinence products such as clamps, cleansers and bladder simulators to help them face the problem.

Bladder training is a great method to cure incontinence. The patient should regularly urinate whether there is a need or not. This will prevent unnecessary leakages.  If a patient is experiencing stress incontinence, then he or she should do Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles. Panty liners can also be used to prevent leakages.

The most important thing is to live a stressful life and not worry about the situation. Just this thought will actually be a great way to cure bladder incontinence.

Choosing a Urine Bag

Urine bags come in two basic forms: Urinary Drainage Bags and leg Bags. The main difference between them being where they are worn. Urinary drainage bags are urine bags that attach to the bed rail. Leg Bags are worn on the body for use during the day.

What is a Urine Bag

Urine collection bags are the collection systems that connect to an internal or external catheter using drainage tubing. Urine drainage bags can be used just at night for active people or they can be used consistently for non-ambulatory people.

rusch drainage bag

Bedside Drainage Bag

Leg bags are used during the day for mobile individuals. They strap to the leg, just above the ankle using a few different options of leg straps. The universal drainage tubing runs 18 inches from the catheter site to the leg bag, so there is not excess tubing to be concerned with.

How do I Choose a Leg Bag?

Choosing the correct urine bag is as simple as picking the features you like. Leg bags have options to choose from regarding drainage, sampling, and preventing urine spills.

You can pick a leg bag with a flip-flo valve this feature allows you to easily drain your leg bag, simply pop open the top and drain out the excess urine. Some people would prefer a more secure closure at the bottom of the leg bag. That is called a bottom cap. The bottom cap ensures that the Urine Bag will not spill while you are using it.

button straps

Leg Bag with Button Straps

Straps are a feature of a leg bag that is often overlooked. There are latex straps that are flexible and stretch, these typically come with a the drainage bag. There are nylon based straps that connect with a  button, some people like these, because they are lighter weight than the fabric. Fabric straps come with a Velcro closure and are ideal for individuals with latex allergies or who are sensitive to the button design.

How do I choose a Urinary drainage Bag?

Urine drainage bags have features regarding odor control as well as direction of flow. One feature to look for is mono-flo, this means that the urine only flows into the bag and is prevented for spilling back out into the tubing. A similar feature is an anti-reflux valve. These are valves built into the connection that prohibits urine spillage.

Additionally, some drainage bags have features such as infection control. This is a built-in antimicrobial coating that staves off infectious bacteria. This feature is better for your health, but also eliminates the bacterial build-up that causes odor.

For more Information on Bard Infection Control Technology

http://bardmedical.com/Resources/Products/Documents/Brochures/Urology/IC%20Inf%20Control%20Tech%200304-25.pdf

Resources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000142.htm

http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbaldwi1/swborderlands/Cleaning_the_Urinary_Drainage_Bag.pdf

Bed Wetting Help

 All little boys and girls have gone through this stage, which is why bed wetting is not something new. Nocturnal Enuresis which is more commonly known as bed wetting is involuntary urination while in deep sleep. Although almost everyone outgrows this as they get older since the bladder capacity eventually becomes bigger as they grow, it could still be a big headache for parents during this stage. However, they don’t need to worry since there are some behavioral treatments done so that children can stop bedwetting as soon as possible.

Some of the methods done are:

  • Night Lift. One of the most popular Bed Wetting Solutions is night lifting. This involves waking your child several times during the night to let him urinate and then returning him to bed to continue his sleep. It may be a little hard at first since kids seem to still be asleep even while walking to the bathroom. But eventually, the child will learn to wake up during the night to urinate which will also help keep his bed dry.
  • Bed Wetting Alarm. This is considered as the most effective way to treat nocturnal enuresis. This method still involves waking the child, but compared to the night lift, it is not the parent who wakes the child but the Alarms for Bed Wetting. A clip sensor is attached to the bed clothing. The alarm will sound when it detects that the child has urinated. Once the alarm, is off the child will wake up and go to the bathroom to urinate. Just like the first method, this will also train the child to get up when he or she feels like urinating.

If the methods above still don’t work then it is usually best to go see a doctor and check what other alternatives and Bed Wetting Help they can provide.

Resources:

http://children.webmd.com/tc/bed-wetting-primary-nocturnal-enuresis-topic-overview
http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-psychology/bedwetting.shtml

How Does an External Catheter Work?

There are times when men or women have incontinence problems or have undergone a surgical procedure. At which circumstance, urination can be difficult From time to time, we all excrete wastes including urine. External catheters are a device attached to the genital to collect urine. Catheters vary based on sizes and gender, albeit there are catheters that can be used for men and women.

Mentor Freedom Cath

Types of Catheters

There is a corresponding external catheter for both sexes. These are the male external catheter and female external catheter.

  • Male External Catheter. A male external catheter is a sheath in rubber material. It is attached over a penis to empty the urine. Some catheters take the form or shape of a condom, like the Texas catheter. At the tip of the catheter has a tube attached to another tube, which leads to the collection bag. There are also catheters that use Velcro attachments. Others use a special type of tape to fasten the sheath around the penis base. The external catheter for men is attached to a tube made of plastic, which leads to a bag. The bag stores the urine until emptied. Another term for catheters is freedom cath because it enables a man to urinate without the trouble of getting up. Men who suffer from incontinence can seek comfort from using a male external catheter.
  • Female external catheter. The catheter used for female takes the form of a tube which is tucked into the opening of urethra, the urethral meatus. Mostly, women use catheters to empty urine especially if they had sedation for surgical operation or to determine the conditions of the bladder through injecting some fluids into it.

Wide Band Self Adhering Catheter

The female catheter has two types of collection bags. One type of a drainage bag is large and which can hang under the bed of the patient for overnight use. The other type is known as the leg bag because it is connected to a leg, which makes the whole device discreet.

References:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-female-catheter.htm

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-external-catheter.htm

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-external-male-catheter.htm

Living with Incontinence After a Prostatectomy

Living with Incontinence After a Prostatectomy

Men who have a prostatectomy for prostate cancer, often find themselves suffering from post operative urinary incontinence. Although in this case, the cure is not worst than the disease, many men still find the new problem of incontinence as a new significant upheaval in their lives. Internal catheters are uncomfortable and often painful. Wearing diapers is not a welcomed event and brings a whole new set of problems with odor, leaks, skin rash, etc. For men who still live very active life styles, diapers are not an appropriate solution for incontinence. Four other popular alternatives are available that many men have found to be much better solutions for male incontinence than internal catheters and diapers. These alternatives are male external catheters, incontinence clamps, collection pouches and absorbent briefs or shorts.

Alternatives to Internal Catheters and Diapers for Post-Operative Urinary Incontinence

Hollister Extended Wear Male External Catheter

External Catheters

An external catheter is used to direct the flow of urine to a leg bag or collection bottle/bag. External Catheters are similar to condoms and are sometimes referred to as "Condom Catheters" or "Male Catheters". External catheters provide a much lower risk of obtaining a bladder infection than internal catheters. Usually made of latex, external catchers are flexible and provide an excellent seal. For people with latex allergies, silicone catheters are also available like the Rochester UltraFlex External Catheter or the Mentor Clear Advantage Latex Free External Catheter. Another type of external catheter that is very popular is the Texas Catheter. The Texas Catheter is very soft and flexible, offering a high degree of comfort for men. Some examples of Texas Catheters include the Rusch Texas Catheter or the Kendall Texas Catheter.

Bard Dispoz-A-Bag Urine Leg Bag

A tube attached to the external catheter directs urine to a collection bag. These urine bags are often strapped to the upper part of the leg and are therefore are often referred to as urine leg bags. A vinyl best-selling leg bag is the Bard Dispoz-a-Bag. The Dispoz-a-Bag comes with many options, including sizes of 9, 19 and 32 ounce capacity, bottom cap, Flip-Flo valve, drainage tube, extension tube, latex leg straps, fabric leg straps and even a Bonus Pack selection. Prices start at $3.43. A new leg bag holder is available for securing leg bags to the upper thigh that are very secure. This leg bag holder is called the Spandex Leg Bag Holder by Bard. Some men prefer the security of the Spandex over leg bag straps, particularly for highly active men engaged in sports activities. At night, when there is less urine flow, the urine is collected in a Bedside Drainage Bag or Bedside Urine Bottle. The bedside urine bottle is washable and reusable saving you money.

Rusch Urine Collection Bag

Male Incontinence Clamps

Incontinence Clamps come is a variety styles but have the same function–control urine flow. Constructed of plastic, foam and sometimes metal, Penile Clamps prevent urine leakage by applying light pressure. These clamps do not require surgery or intrusive chemicals and are external the body. An Incontinence Clamp is placed around the penis, interrupting the flow of urine through the urethra. Pressure is placed on the bottom and top of the penis so that the blood vessels on the sides of the penis are not blocked. The leading incontinence clamp is manufactured by Bard and is called the Cunningham Clamp. It sells for $34.50 each.

Male Drip Collectors or Incontinence Pouch

A male incontinence pouch comes in basically two types. One type is placed on the penis to collect seeping urine into a soft absorbent material. The outer layer is moisture proof keeping Turing from leaking unto your trousers. And example of this type of urine drip collector is the Mentor Male Absorbent Pouch. The second type is similar to the first but also employs a compression device to help cut-off the flow of urine. The ActiCuf Male Dribbling Pouch is the most popular male incontinence pouch on the market and sells for $5.00 each.

Incontinence Briefs or Boxer Shorts

Dignity Mens Boxer Shorts for Male Incontinence

Discreet protection can be found in Incontinence Briefs that look and feel like underwear and are also available in boxer shorts also look and feel like regular boxer shorts. No one would suspect you were wearing a protective garment that can accommodate many types of absorbent pads. The Dignity Men’s Boxer Shorts are available in medium, large and xLarge waist sizes of 34 to 44 inches. Another option is the Uro Concepts Better Pant which is both a re-usable brief and convenient comfortable leg bag holder. For heavy incontinence, the HealthDri Men’s Brief is available in waist sizes 38 to 48 Inches.

Vitality Medical Supply Online

Vitality Medical carries each of the products described above.

How to Treat Male Incontinence? – Squeezer Klip

Urinary incontinence is defined as the accidental leakage of urine.  This can be caused by a variety of conditions and can be treated in a variety of ways, such as the Squeezer Klip. The Squeezer Klip is a new form of incontinence care for men.  The Squeezer Klip is designed to fit easily and comfortably to stop the flow of urine.

Common types of incontinence are:

Urinary Incontinence Care

  • Stress Incontinence – the involuntary loss of bladder control as a result of coughing, sneezing, or physical exertion
  • Urge Incontinence – the loss of urine as a result of an urge to urinate that cannot be stopped
  • Overflow Incontinence – the leakage of urine that can result from urinating only small amounts during frequent trips to the bathroom.

In men specifically, urinary incontinence is generally caused by any condition that damages the nerves that send signals between the brain and the nervous system.  These can include

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Prostate issues

Where the prostate is involved, symptoms may include interrupted urination, weak stream of urine, and leaking.  In cases where leaking or dribbling is the issue, a Squeezer Klip can be an effective solution. This device is discreet and allows the user to lead an active lifestyle without threat of having a urinary accident.  The Squeezer Klip is commonly used in patients who have had a radical prostatectomy, or the surgical removal of the prostate gland, usually as a treatment for prostate cancer.  In the aftermath of the surgery, patients may find they have issues concerning both erectile function and urinary incontinence.  Although the Squeezer Klip does not address problems with erectile function, it has been shown to be an effective solution for patients who find that they have some level of Urinary Incontinence following prostate surgery.

The Squeezer Klip features a foam-covered ridge on the lower part of the device, and it is this ridge that is pressed up against the penis.Gyrx Squeezer Klip Incontinence Control The urethra is compressed and the flow of urine is slowed and eventually stopped.  As the lower arm of the Squeezer Klip presses upward on the lower part of the penis, the upper arm of the Squeezer Klip presses downward onto the penis. Because of the design of this incontinence device,  the veins, arteries and nerves running along the top of the penis are not compressed.  That means that blood flow to the penis is not affected, even while the urinary flow is stopped.

The Squeezer Klip features an adjustment knob that allows for the proper amount of spacing and pressure to be reproduced every time the device is used.  This allows users to not only determine the right amount of pressure for their particular needs, but also to ensure with confidence that the same amount of pressure will be achieved each and every time.

If you suffer from urinary incontinence or require Incontinence Care, you may be a good candidate for a Squeezer Klip.  Ask your doctor about it.  Find out more about the Squeezer Klip at the following link: Gyrx Squeezer Klip at Vitality Medical