ICS 2018: Improving Absorbency, Current Technology in Incontinence Pads

Philadelphia, PA (UroToday.com) Tony Firsberg, RN, has introduced new absorbent pads from Essity, global hygiene, and health company. Essity produces incontinence care products such as TENA.  Historically, early incontinence products included urinals made out of glass and pig bladders.  First incontinence pants were cellulosic or fiber-based and were created for the furniture protection rather than patient satisfaction. In the 1960s the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a new material called Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP). First SAP was used commercially in bed liners at the US nursing homes and feminine napkins in Japan.


Although SAP was innovative, adult disposable diapers were uncomfortable and hard to conceal (see Picture 1).
UroToday ICS2018 Improving Absorbency Current Technology in Incontinence Pads
Picture 1

TENA is at the forefront of new incontinence technology. TENA Identifi can aid in collecting 72-hours voiding information due to incorporated sensor wear. While TENA’s ConfioAir™ allows breathability and dryness, TENA’s Unique DuoLock™ prevents leakages and wicks away moisture (see Picture 2).

UroToday ICS2018 Absorption Pattern Analysis
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Presented by: Tony Forsberg, RN, BSBA, WCC, CSPHA

Written by: Hanna Stambakio, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania, @PennUrology at the 2018 ICS International Continence Society Meeting - August 28 - 31, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA USA
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