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Knowledge Centre

Our aim is for the Clinidirect Knowledge Centre to become a leading information resource for healthcare professionals, patients and carers.

The Clinidirect Knowledge Centre currently provides information and articles on a range of topics in a series of informative chapters.

Overtime new resources will be added to provide educational support in a range of different media formats.

A recent review of UK dermatological data revealed that there has been a rise in the prevalence of allergic disorders.
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Leg ulcers
A leg ulcer is a long-lasting (chronic) wound on your leg or foot that takes more than six weeks to heal, with broken skin and exposed tissue.
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CliniDuo40 venous ulcer compression system
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) has a significant socioeconomic impact and also has a major impact on individuals’ well-being and health care resources. Graduated compression therapy is now the recognised gold standard for the treatment of venous ulcers, usually in the form of four-layer bandaging (Coull, 2005).
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Types of Urinary Incontinence, Symptoms & Their Causes
There are several types of urinary incontinence. Each type has a distinct definition and it is important that the healthcare professional undertakes an individualised continence assessment to ascertain the type to reach an accurate diagnosis and thus be able to formulate a specific continence care plan for the individual. Each type of urinary incontinence requires different treatments of which there are many.
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Anatomy & Physiology
Knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and function of a healthy lower urinary system provides the key to understanding its susceptibility to potential dysfunction.
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Overview of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is defined as “The complaint of any involuntary leakage of urine.” ¹⁺⁵ Abrams et al 2002 & Abrams et al 2004 Involuntary urinary loss can occur at an inappropriate time or place. The amount of leakage varies from slight to copious and can occur at any age. Urinary incontinence is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying disorder due, for example, to pelvic floor muscle weakness, an overactive bladder, an obstruction to the bladder outflow or a neurological condition.
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The Healthcare Professional – Continence Care section of the Knowledge Centre has been authored by Pam Isherwood, Senior Lecturer, School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Information included in this section has been medically reviewed by Professor Roger Feneley, Emeritus Consultant Urologist - North Bristol NHS Trust, visiting Professor to the University of West of England and Director of AUCS Limited.
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Useful Information
Always remember that for bladder (and bowel) problems you should always see your doctor or nurse for an assessment in the first instance. An NHS specialist continence service is most likely available in your area so it is worth either going online to find out or asking your GP receptionist or local pharmacist. Alternatively, you can contact the Clinidirect Urology Nurse advisor on 0800 012 6779
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Further Catheter Care Questions
How do I care for my catheter and look after myself at the same time? When should I call a healthcare professional for help? How do I dispose of used equipment? How do I obtain further supplies of my equipment?
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What other ways can urinary incontinence be managed?
Catheter valves, attached directly to the catheter, are an alternative to urine collection bags for suitable individuals.
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Hand Washing
Why is using a correct hand washing technique important? It is essential that you wash your hands thoroughly prior to handling your catheter, urine collection bag or catheter valve.
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Urine Collection
How is urine collected whilst it is draining from my indwelling urethral or suprapubic catheter?
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Intermittent Urinary Catheters
Catheters may be used as single use items known as intermittent catheters. Disposable intermittent catheters are usually made from synthetic materials such as PVC or silicone and have a thin lubricating coating to make them smooth and comfortable when used.
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Urethral and Suprapubic Catheterisation
What is the difference? The difference between the two routes is the part of the body into which the catheter is inserted.
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