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Continence care is going down the pan as costs are cut and prices rise

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This also applies to the elderly not being referred to specialsist serviecs when treatments in the community have failed. Instead they are being offered pads. getting people dry should be the priority but the pressure is on in the community not to refer to cut costs. Older people are already under the impression that incontinence is ineveitable with age and that pads are the only answer. Numbers of pads are already an issue but dignity and the type of pads required on speciali order are also affected. When requesting pull up disposable pants for a patient being discharged as it was the only ones she would keep on, a continence nurse in the community actually said "They (meaning managment) will not be happy if I request those pants as they are too expensive; the carer will just have to manage". I have been to conferences where senior continence nurses proudly show their pathway where the "younger" adults are offered further treatments in secondary care but the frail elderly patients' pathway goes straight for containment. Specialised treatments are successful even with those with co morbidities. keeping patinets dry is more cost effective then using pads. Things will get worse with the cut backs and the pressure to save money or risk your job.

Posted date

22 June, 2010

Posted time

8:37 am

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