G_CS_17 Information Gathering, Bladder Scanning and Urinalysis
Bladder and bowel problems can affect anyone of any age and health status, and can have devastating impact on an individual's quality of life. Incontinence should not be accepted as inevitable, everyone has the right to continence where achievable.
The International Continence Society defines incontinence as the compliant of involuntary leakage of urine and faeces. Abrams et al. (2005).
With proper investigation and care incontinence may be cured, improved or made easier to live with. The primary aim of continence assessment is to promote continence wherever possible. However for some patients this is not achievable and management may be required in the form of incontinence products.
It is commonly supposed that incontinence is a problem exclusive to older people. Norton (1996). It is only recently that the public and professionals have begun to realise that incontinence has no respect of age or social class, and because of the taboo nature of the subject the true extent of the problem is difficult to determine.
Although incontinence is not life threatening condition, its effects impact on the mental, emotional and well being of those affected, as well as their life style and employment. It also affects those caring for people with this condition. A high proportion of incontinence can be cured with the right assessment, care, education, not everyone has to be managed by the pad culture.