Incontinence 101

Identifying the type of bladder leakage is the first step to treating it. The sooner it is recognized, the sooner it can be addressed and improve quality of life. There are six basic types of urinary incontinence: stress, overflow, urge, functional, reflex and mixed. Stress This is the involuntary loss of small amounts of urine during a cough, laugh, sneeze, standing up or when any kind of movement can cause leakage. Common causes: urological procedures, pregnancy/childbirth, loss of muscle tone, prostate surgery, obesity, strenuous physical activities, etc. Overflow When a patient experiences… Read More

Categorizing Incontinence

Incontinence: It takes a Team; Categorizing Incontinence Publication: Provider Magazine Author: Amy Mendoza Publisher: American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living “Vetter Health Services, headquartered in Elkhorn, Neb., takes a restorative approach to bowel and bladder retraining. When new residents walk in the door, staff assess them for incontinence and take it a step further to determine the type of incontinence they have. ‘This can fall into one of four categories—stress, urge, transient, and functional,’ says Michelle Wallace, RN-BC, a certified registered rehabilitation nurse and clinical coordinator at Vetter. One of… Read More