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NHS Waste Half a BILLION Pounds a Year Due to Substandard Incontinence Care

The NHS is ‘leaking’ more than half a BILLION pounds a year – through substandard incontinence care, according to a report. There are currently 164,833 people in residential care and nursing homes who experience difficulty with bladder or bowel control. But an eight-week value-based procurement pilot carried out at two care homes in Lincolnshire has exposed both the cost, and indignity, of cheap, ill-fitting pads and protection. The study, carried out by hygiene and health company Essity in partnership with the NHS, investigated the impact of providing more clinically appropriate products in lieu of those chosen on unit cost alone. Read more.

Source: Yahoo! News UK, October 11, 2023

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Dementia, Incontinence and the Loss of Dignity in Acute Hospitals

Continence care for people with dementia in acute wards has been described both as a “crisis of dehumanization” and a “key moment of care” that can reveal a great deal about the wider hospital care of this highly vulnerable population (Boddington and Featherstone, 2018). “The challenge of continence care for people living with dementia can be seen as the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for the unravelling of dignity within the acute setting” (Boddington and Featherstone, 2018). Read more.

Source: Nursing Times, March 13, 2023