For decades urinary incontinence has threatened the quality of life for many individuals. Stress placed on family members and caregivers can become all too overwhelming while caring for their loved ones enduring this diagnosis.
Education about urinary incontinence and effective means of dealing with the issue are the keys to keeping families intact.
Urinary incontinence is one of the leading causes for individuals being placed into long-term care facilities, commonly accompanying patients with post prostate surgery, uncontrollable urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and numerous other central nervous system disorders.
Although these diseases may be manageable at home, it has been noted that urinary incontinence is one of the leading causes for individuals being placed into long-term care facilities.
Diaper changes can reach a frequency of up to six to eight times a day, in addition to the labor costs of the time it takes to change and clean each patient. Frequent diaper changes can lead to patient falls and caregiver or staff injuries.
Frequent changes are necessary to ensure the patient is remaining dry and is not susceptible to skin breakdown and irritation due to prolonged exposure to the acid in the urine. Frequent diaper changes can lead to patient falls and caregiver or staff injuries.
Long-term care facilities have been plagued with this issue of diaper expenditure for many years.
The use of external condom catheters or indwelling catheters for urine collection is an alternative to adult diapers. However, many issues surround these products, which limit their availability and use in such facilities. Indwelling catheters are strayed away from due to their history of causing urinary tract infections resulting in prolonged stays and additional costs.
Most external condom catheters have proven to be unsuccessful and ineffective due to aggressive adhesives, difficult connectors, and the catheter falling off of the patient—until now.
The New GeeWhiz® Incontinence Management Device (IMD) has been developed over the past 8 years by Pharmacist, Paul Dwork, and BioMedical Engineer, Edward Elson, and has been driven by consumer feedback.
New to the market, the GeeWhiz has been widely accepted by urologists, nursing staff, caregivers, and long-term care facilities. Utilizing a 3-piece system, the GeeWhiz has combated all of the failures associated with the current external condom catheter market, becoming 99% successful with qualified current patients.
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