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Choosing not to drink adequate fluids, not to treat urinary tract infections, and not to comply with toileting needs can result in urinary incontinence and other health conditions, including skin breakdown.

  • Urinary incontinence is the inability to control urine. It can range in severity from slight leakage to total loss of bladder control, or it can include the complete inability to pass urine out of the bladder.
  • There are over 20 million incontinent adults in the U.S. today.
  • Women are twice as likely to suffer from incontinence as men.
  • It is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying illness or condition.
  • It is more prevalent in adults with cognitive (dementia, depression or delirium) or functional problems.

Risk Factors Associated with Urinary Incontinence

  • Medications
  • Age
  • Inadequate fluids
  • Immobility or decreased activity
  • Non-compliance with or inability to manage one’s toileting schedule
  • Depression
  • Not adhering to the prescribed plan of care
  • Pressure sores
  • Medical conditions including, but not limited to, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, weakness of the pelvic muscles, enlarged prostate, nerve and muscle disorders.
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