According to a late February 2014 Gallup Well-Being Poll, slightly more than 27% of America’s adult population are now considered obese. With that new percentage also comes an increased need for specialized products, including those associated with incontinence care. Here’s why:
Obesity, and some of the methods used to treat it, have long been known to cause an increase in incidents of bladder and bowel incontinence. Some healthcare experts attribute the increased prevalence among obese populations to a multitude of things. Among them are the following:
- Development of degenerative arthritis or other physical ailments that reduce mobility
- Increased pressure on the body (e.g. intra-abdominal muscles, nerves and spinal column)
- Use of high blood pressure medication (i.e. alpha-adrenergic antagonists) and diuretics
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation related to diet or medications
- Consumption of dietary related bladder and bowel irritants
- Rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids
- Recent bariatric surgery
In addition to being at risk for episodes of incontinence, obesity can also cause skin related concerns. For example, obese people dealing with incontinence issues are at a greater risk for experiencing such things as transepidermal water loss, skin tags, skin breakdown (e.g. rashes and pressure ulcers) and secondary infections (VRE, cadidiasis and MRSA). So it is very crucial that the body is properly cleaned and dried after each episode of incontinence.
Thankfully, there are bariatric incontinence care products that are already available to obese individuals and their caregivers. One company that manufactures an entire series of products devoted to bariatric incontinence care is Tranquility. Items that you may find within the company’s collection of products are bariatric disposable briefs, super plus booster pads, absorbent sheets, heavy-duty underpads and stretch pants.
In addition to the bariatric adult diapers, other disposable products may be needed as well. Examples include protective masks, gloves, cleansing wipes and creams to address infections and skin related problems. In some instances, families may also want to invest in bariatric shower benches, commodes, grab bars and weight transfer equipment.
We keep disposable incontinence and skin care products for bariatric patients in stock year round. Delivery services, sale items and discounts are available too.
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