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Disposable bedpads for incontinence: predicting their clinical leakage properties using laboratory tests

Cottenden, AM; Dean, GE; Brooks, RJ; Haines-Nutt, RF; Rothwell, JG; Penfold, PH; (1998) Disposable bedpads for incontinence: predicting their clinical leakage properties using laboratory tests. MED ENG PHYS , 20 (5) 347 - 359.

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Abstract

A multi-centre project has been run to identify laboratory tests capable of predicting the leakage performance of disposable incontinence bedpads. Each of 95 subjects tested each of six products for a week in turn and reported whether or not they and/or their carers found the leakage performance of each product acceptable. In addition, carers noted the severity with which individual used bedpads had leaked so that, when they had been weighed, their leakage performance could be determined as a function of urine weight. These clinical data were compared with results from the 16 different laboratory tests used routinely for bedpad evaluation in three hospital laboratories. Each test was evaluated by seeing how well the data it yielded correlated with the clinical test data. No individual test was very successful at predicting the performance of bedpads when used as sole protection but a combination of an absorption capacity test and an absorption time test predicted the percentage of users/carers finding leakage performance acceptable, accurate to within +/- eight percentage points for all six test products. A different absorption capacity test proved most successful for bedpads used as back-up to bodyworn products. It predicted the percentage of users/carers finding leakage performance acceptable, accurate to +/- five percentage points for all six products. (C) 1998 IPEM. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Disposable bedpads for incontinence: predicting their clinical leakage properties using laboratory tests
Keywords: incontinence, incontinence pads, absorbency, clinical/technical correlations, standards, PERFORMANCE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/69847
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