• Prevalence and predictors of continence containment products and catheter use in an acute hospital: A cross-sectional study

      Condon, Marie; Mannion, Edel; Collins, Gillian; Ghafar, Mohd Zaquan Arif Abd; Ali, Bushra; Small, Majella; Murphy, Robert P; McCarthy, Christine E; Sharkey, Anthony; MacGearailt, Conall; et al. (Elsevier, 2021-03-05)
      Although incontinence is common in hospital, the prevalence and predictors of continence aid use (continence wear and catheters) are poorly described. A one-day cross-sectional study was conducted in a large university hospital assessing consecutive inpatients (≥55) for their pre-admission and current use of continence aids. Barthel Index, Clinical Frailty Scale and Charlson Co-morbidity scores were recorded. Appropriateness was defined by local guidelines. 355 inpatients, median age 75±17 years, were included; 53% were male. Continence aid use was high; prevalence was 46% increasing to 58% for those ≥75. All-in-one pads were the most common, an overall prevalence of 31%. Older age, lower Barthel and higher frailty scores were associated with continence aid use in multivariate analysis. Inappropriate use of aids was high at 45% with older age being the only independent predictor. Continence aids are often used inappropriately during hospitalisation by older patients. Concerted efforts are required to address this issue.