Incontinence products and devices for the elderly

Urol Nurs. 2004 Aug;24(4):316-33; quiz 334.


Devices and products to contain or collect the urine are part of the management of bladder dysfunction, particularly urinary incontinence (UI) (Newman, Bliss, & Fader, in press). The aim of continence nurse experts and those who care for incontinent individuals during the past decade has been to greatly decrease the indiscriminate use of absorbent pads and garments, external collecting devices, and indwelling catheterization, through the successful treatment of urinary incontinence (UI) with behavioral interventions, drug therapies, and new surgical procedures. However, these products and devices can be beneficial for persons who are elderly, fail treatment and remain incontinent, who are too ill or disabled to participate in behavioral programs, who cannot be helped by medications, or who have a type of UI that cannot be alleviated by other interventions (Newman, 2003). The judicious use of products to contain urine loss and maintain skin integrity is a first-line defense for these patients (Fantl et al., 1996). Urinary collection devices and products that are appropriate for elderly patients, that are used by nurses in all clinical settings, and are available at local pharmacies, retail stores, medical equipment dealers or directly from manufacturers are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Condoms / adverse effects
  • Condoms / supply & distribution
  • Diapers, Adult / adverse effects
  • Diapers, Adult / supply & distribution*
  • Drainage / adverse effects
  • Drainage / instrumentation*
  • Drainage / nursing
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Care / instrumentation
  • Skin Care / methods
  • Skin Care / nursing
  • Urinary Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Urinary Catheterization / instrumentation*
  • Urinary Catheterization / nursing
  • Urinary Incontinence / epidemiology
  • Urinary Incontinence / nursing*