Continence Assessment - Evidence Update
Welcome to the October bulletin on Continence Assessment being produced by the HEFT Library
Services. This bulletin is produced to support VITAL for Nurses core skills programme developed in the
Trust. This issue will highlight evidence published in the previous four weeks. Full text articles can be
Bladder and Bowel Management
Nursing Standard. August; 25(48) p. 59The article provides an insight into faecal incontinence and the issues faced by nurses in various clinical settings.
Menopause. September; 18(9) p. 962-66Comparing the efficacy of the ultralow-dose estradiol releasing vaginal ring with that of oral oxybutynin in the
treatment of overactive bladder in postmenopausal women.
Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing. September; 38(5) p. 569-73The purpose of this study was to compare retention cuff pressures of 3 indwelling stool management systems
while subjects assumed different body positions and while cuffs were inflated to different volumes. The results
were inconclusive as to what difference they make in patient safety or comfort.
International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. November; 15(4) p. 212-19This article describes the development of a protocol to guide nurses in their decision to catheterise patients,
The introduction of care protocols has been linked with enhanced patient care, improved patient outcomes, and
enhanced nursing job satisfaction due to increased autonomy.
British Journal of Community Nursing. August; 16(8) p. 374-80Nurses at all levels can have a huge influence on urinary catherterization rates and catheter management. They
can help reduce the risks of harm and infection and improve quality of care.
American Journal of Infection Control. 39(5) p. E40-E40Many hospitals have implemented protocols for removal of urinary catheters without a doctor's order if a patient
meets guidelines approved by the hospital medical staff. The question is, will nurses remove urinary catheters
without a doctor's order in accordance with the protocol?
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine. October; 21(10) p.281-7Urinary incontinence (UI) is a particular problem in the frail elderly, who can sometimes pose a diagnostic and
therapeutic challenge by virtue of their complexity. However, treatment can lead to significant improvements.
Fecal incontinence is considered to be a highly prevelant condition, especially in women. The study highlighted
that complicated deliveries are risk factors for fecal incontinence and is more prevelant in menopausal women.
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. August; 54(8) p. 975-81
Journal of Clinical Nursing. 20(13-14) p. 1895-05The results indicated that urinary incontinence content should be included in care plans for patients living with
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and they should be offered appropriate assessment and management
Urologic Nursing. 31(3) p. 169-72Treated urinary incontinence at the end of life provides dignity and will maintain quality of life. This article
describes the urinary care needs and options for individuals receiving end-of-life care.
Rehabilitation Nursing. September; 36(5) p.216-22Nurses want to be involved in decisions about indwelling urinary catheter use and medical/surgical and
rehabilitation nurses agree strongly about advocating for patients with indwelling urinary catheters.
Multiple sources - websites, journals and healthcare databases - have been searched for evidence published in
the last four weeks are identified and highlighted here. For a detailed list of sources that have been scanned,
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