4 steps to choosing the right incontinence pads
How do I know which product is best for me?
There are many considerations to take into account when choosing a style and absorbency for an individual. The following information will assist you in making the right selections.
The type of incontinence can dictate the type of protection a person needs.
Stress – Leaking of small amounts of urine as a result of coughing, lifting, sneezing, exercising or even laughing, usually a liner or light pad will be right here.
Urge – Also referred to as an overactive bladder this can result in a sudden and strong need to urinate. Often heavier pads and pants are ideal here
Overflow – When the bladder is unable to empty properly and frequent leakage of small amounts occurs. Liners and light pads will work here.
Functional – Is due to the inability to reach the toilet in time because of difficulties with mental or physical illness. Often results in complete bladder loss – Heavier products such a Pants Maxi, Slip and Flex are ideal here.
The Prescription Journey
Step 1 – Waist Size
Determine waist size, depending on waist size certain products may no longer be an option.
Step 2 – Style Choice
Choice of style depends on the clients lifestyle. Are they still or wish to be active, traveling or working if so then products such as pads, liners and pants are best. Do they have dementia, a carer are they bed bound or have limited mobility, in these cases Slip and Flex products may be more suitable.
Step 3 – Capacity
Determine 8 hourly losses. TENA advocates the use of around three products per 24 hour period. Some will use less and some more, however using three products a day as a guide will ensure comfort, efficiency and cost control.
Is the loss a constant loss, drips or dribbles with certain activities or does it come in volumes without warning.
Urine loss per 8 hours can be indicated based on pad currently used, leakage estimated if any, estimating any amount voided in a toilet if this is possible etc.
Step 4 – Application
Each product must be applied correctly to ensure comfort and leakage security. Additionally you can find fitting guide videos at tena.com.au/professionals
To simplify the selection of pad type and absorption level, TENA recommends the following urine incontinence classifications:
- Minor less than 250mls / 8 hrs
- Light 250-500mls / 8 hrs
- Light to moderate 500-1000mls / 8 hrs
- Moderate 1000-1500mls / 8 hrs
- Moderate to heavy 1500-2000mls / 8 hrs
- Heavy more than 2000mls / 8 hrs
Product Selection Guide
Use the matrix below to help determine a style, absorbency and waist size for each individual. Determine the relevant parameters from the left to see which style has the most indicators, and then determine the absorbency based on output and available waist size. For example if the person you are helping is moderately incontinent, has dementia, and a medium waist size then TENA Pants has the most indicators and from the range guide the urine loss will show that Plus Medium would be a good starting point.