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Continence

Objectives:

At the end of the session, the participant will have:

  • An increased knowledge about factors contributing to continence and incontinence.
  • An increased knowledge of the anatomy of the pelvic floor.
  • Experienced a contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Knowledge of how to perform pelvic floor exercises.
  • An increased knowledge of good bladder and bowel habits.

Facilitator:

This session may be facilitated by a continence nurse, physiotherapist or respiratory nurse.

Topic


Content


Resources


Introduction.

– Definition of incontinence (bladder and bowel).

– Incidence of incontinence.
Types of incontinence: Stress, urge, overflow, functional, reflex.

Symptoms of underlying problem.
Model / diagram of pelvic floor.


Brochures for the Continence Foundation of Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Risk factors and causes.


Link with respiratory disease.

Weak pelvic floor muscles:

– Child birth.

– Obesity.

– Prostate disease.

– Constipation.

– Chronic cough.


– Changes in hormone levels with menopause.


– heavy lifting

Brochures for the Continence Foundation of Australia.


Better Living with COPD (Ch 17).

Management and treatment techniques.Pelvic floor exercises.

Healthy bowel:

– Fibre.

– Fluids.

– Exercise.

– Evacuation routine.

– Reduced waiting time.

– Squatting position.
Brochures from the Continence Foundation of Australia. Continence Australia
Product schemes.Method and criteria of application for Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ aids and equipment program.


Medical aids & equipment subsidy scheme for relevant state.

Products
Services and support groups.National Continence Helpline.

Local Continence Nurse Advisors.

Community Health Centre.
Contact details of local services providers. Contact the Continence Foundation of Australia at http://www.continence.org.au
Summary and questions.