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Measurement of urinary loss in elderly incontinent patients. A simple and accurate method.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6112489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A simple method which uses beam balance scales, a portable timer, a large plastic-backed absorbent pad, and tight fitting pants has been developed to measure urinary loss in incontinent patients. Complete collection of all the urine lost was achieved in 220 (94%) of 234 incontinent episodes in patients from three long-term-care wards. The attendant's subjective assessment of "wetness", as used in other methods, was shown to be an extremely crude indicator of the degree of incontinence since the weight-gain in pads judged subjectively as being "wet" was anything from 0.7 to 341 g and there was considerable overlap between the weights of pads judged to be "dry", "damp", or "wet". In 6 healthy volunteers the mean weight-gain per pad caused by perspiration was 1.2 g/2 h and the mean change due to evaporation/leakage, determined by means of pre-wetted pads, was 1.0 g.
J B Walsh; G L Mills
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lancet     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0140-6736     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet     Publication Date:  1981 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-07-23     Completed Date:  1981-07-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985213R     Medline TA:  Lancet     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1130-1     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Specimen Handling / methods*
Toilet Facilities
Urinary Incontinence / diagnosis*,  nursing

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