Clinical Tools for Continence Care

In 2017, ARN member Christine Cave, DNP NP-C CRRN EP-C, along with the Continence Care Task Force, released bowel and bladder management tools for the entire disciplinary team. The interactive booklet and posters illustrating six clinical algorithms will help your team apply best practices and problem-solve continence needs for all of your patients.

After studying 10 years of research on the topic of bowel and bladder management, the Task Force developed Clinical Tools for Continence Care: An Evidence-Based Approach.

Each tool has been designed to educate and train nurses to apply daily best practices to problem-solve continence needs. When used, you will institute a higher-quality care standard for nurses who implement strategies to establish continence.

The 21-page spiral-bound and laminated booklet contains a Financial Impact Tool to support nurse managers and administrators, a Frequency Volume Chart to document continence care over a 24-hour period, and six algorithms to assess the most common continence care challenges.

The algorithms have been recreated as a set of 11" x 17" posters for the entire team to utilize. Each tool is available for purchase in the Bookstore.

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Algorithm 1—General Assessment of Bladder

Algorithm 2—General Assessment of Bowel Function

Algorithm 3—Urinary Incontinence

Algorithm 4—Voiding Dysfunction

Algorithm 5—Constipation

Algorithm 6—Diarrhea and/or Fecal Incontinence

Many nurses and teammates have been anticipating the release of these tools. Purchase your Continence Care Bundle today to solve your patients’ continence care challenges!

See algorithm and booklet creator Christine Cave’s REACH 2017 session—Evidence-Based Continence Care: Bowel and Bladder Management, in the video below!

View a PDF list of Continence Care References.