University of Southern Indiana

Bladder Buzz

Welcome to the Bladder Buzz, a program designed especially for care setting staff to better understand urinary incontinence. The research team at the University of Southern Indiana is pleased that you are interested in this program.

Our hope is that by participating in this program, staff in your care setting will better understand types of urinary incontinence and learn that urinary incontinence is not a normal part of aging. We also hope to share treatment and management techniques for urinary incontinence in care settings in an effort to help you provide top notch resident-care!

Data on Urinary Incontinence
We know that the prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) in the general population of adult women ranges from 25% to 45% (Abrams, Cardozo, Khoury, & Wein, 2009).

The prevalence rate of UI have been estimated to be between 45% to 70% for residents in long-term care (LTC) settings (DuBeau, 1987; Lekan-Rutledge, 2004; McCliment, 2002; Newman, Gaines & Snare, 2005; Palmer, 2008; Sparks, Boyer, Gambrel & Lovett, 2004; Yu, Kalreider, Hu, Igou, & Craighead, 1989).

The prevalence rate of UI have been estimated to be between 45% to 70% for residents in long-term care (LTC) settings (DuBeau, 1987; Lekan-Rutledge, 2004; McCliment, 2002; Newman, Gaines & Snare, 2005; Palmer, 2008; Sparks, Boyer, Gambrel & Lovett, 2004; Yu, Kalreider, Hu, Igou, & Craighead, 1989).

UI has been identified as one of the pivotal reasons for admission to the skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) (Abrams, Cardozo, Khoury, & Wein, 2009; Newman, et al., 2005). Additionally, in terms of mortality, disability, and SNF admission, UI has a more severe impact on frail older adults when compared to healthy elders (International Consultation on Incontinence, & Abrams, 2009). 

Bladder Buzz Program Info
The Bladder Buzz program is designed as a seven week program. Each week, the facilitator introduces the weekly item from the Bladder Buzz Kit. The weekly "Script" provides further insight on the item and directions on how it should be disseminated to your staff.

Also you will find two sets of instructions on the "Script". The italics provide instructions for your own personal edification and are not to be read aloud.

The regular text provides a sample script of how you may choose to lead a discussion with your group.

Each weekly "Script" contains the following information: 

  • Title of the Media Materials: You may want to unpack (or print out) your Bladder Buzz kit in order to match the "Script" with the respective education piece for each week

  • Learning Objectives: Each week's Media will focus on a certain aspect of UI. The objectives will state clearly what the focus of this week's Media is.

  • Suggestions for Use: The suggestions for use provide ideas on how to incorporate Bladder Buzz Building Blocks in to team meetings to enrich retention of the program.


Access the Bladder Buzz Kit 

Thank you again for your interest in the Bladder Buzz program!

Sincerely, 
The USI Bladder Buzz Team 

 


References


Abrams, P., Cardozo, L., Khoury, S., & Wein, A. J. (Eds.). (2009). 4th International Consultation on Incontinence. Incontinence: 4th edition 2009. Paris: Health Publication 

DuBeau, C.E. (2005). Improving urinary incontinence in nursing home residents: Are we FIT to be tied? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53(7), 1254-1256. doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2005.53366.x 

Lekan-Rutledge, D. (2004). Urinary incontinence strategies for frail elderly women. Urologic Nursing, 24(4), 281-301. Dubeau, C., Ouslander, J., & Palmer, M. (2007). Knowledge and attitudes of nursing home staff and surveyors about the revised federal guidance for incontinence care. The Gerontologist, 47(4), 468-479. 

McCliment, J. (2002, May). Non-invasive method overcomes incontinence. Contemporary Long Term Care, Supplement. 

Newman, D., Gaines, T., & Snare, E. (2005). Innovation in bladder assessment: Use of technology in extended care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 51(12), 33-41. 

Palmer, M.H. (2008). Urinary incontinence quality improvement in nursing homes: Where have we been? Where are we going? Urologic Nursing, 28(6), 439-444. 

Sparks, A., Boyer, D., Gambrel, A., & Lovett, M. (2004). The clinical benefits of the bladder scanner: A research synthesis. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 19(3), 188-192. 

Yu, L., Kaltreider, D., Hu, T., Igou, J., & Craighead, W. (1989). The ISQ-P tool: Measuring stress associated with incontinence. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 15(2), 9-15. 

Abrams, P., Cardozo, L., Khoury, S., & Wein, A. J. (Eds.). (2009). 4th International Consultation on Incontinence. Incontinence: 4th edition 2009. Paris: Health Publication. 

Newman, D., Gaines, T., & Snare, E. (2005). Innovation in bladder assessment: Use of technology in extended care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 51(12), 33-41.


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