Incontinence Care: A Crisis in Plain Sight

Over 50% of seniors in the US live with some form of incontinence, millions of whom are severely incontinent and unable or reluctant to advocate for themselves. The state of their incontinence care is unacceptable, and their downstream effects are harmful and costly:

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Workforce

40% of a caregiver's time is consumed by incontinence care in long-term care facilities. This is difficult, stressful work with high turnover rates, and has only been made worse because of the pandemic.

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Exposure

Incontinence care today involves invasive physical checks up to 8 times per day. Despite this practice, it's not uncommon for a senior to be exposed for 36+ hours during a 7 day period.

Skin Breakdown

Seniors' skin is fragile and vulnerable to infection. Exposed skin can begin to break down in as few as 15 minutes and can show signs of infection within an hour.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections are the most common ER diagnosis for seniors 85+, and 3rd most common for seniors under 85.

Falls

The likelihood of falls for adults 65 and older increases by 60% with urinary incontinence, attributable in part to overnight urges, limited mobility, and infection.

For frail seniors, skin infections, UTIs, and orthopedic injuries caused by falls are very painful and debilitating. They are among the most common reasons for emergency room visits and hospital admissions. These are sentinel events that can trigger a cycle of decline, and far too often, hasten death.

It Starts with Knowing

The foundation for improved incontinence care is knowing.

No one would question the necessity of EKG monitors in cardiac units, a critical tool that enables clinicians to do their jobs. In the same way, frontline long-term care caregivers deserve the tools to know because seniors deserve to be changed as quickly as possible. It's that simple.

Anything else borders on inhumane.

Know-Able™

Incontinence and infection monitoring in one solution.

1. Wetness Detection & Notification

Know-Able™'s disposable incontinence products have remote monitoring wetness sensors built right into them, so there are no attached devices. This means that caregivers continue to change patients as normal, and instead of time-consuming rounding, when patients may not be wet, caregivers only respond when necessary. The result is significantly less exposure to urine, and less caregiver time spent on incontinence care.

2. UTI Risk Assessment & Notification

Know-Able™ also leverages collected urine to screen for urinary tract infections, often before painful symptoms emerge. This integration transforms an operational tool into a broader healthcare solution.

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