Urinary incontinence affects at least 10 million Americans [1, 2]. It is estimated that that more than half of the 1.5 million residents of nursing homes are incontinent of urine [2, 3]. While data for acute-care settings are few, there are reports of incidence rates of 35% for elderly persons during hospitalization . The incidence and prevalence of urinary incontinence in the non-institutionalized elderly is not well documented, but it has been reported at 15–30% for those persons over the age of 60 years . Fecal incontinence affects an estimated 17%–66% of the hospitalized elderly and 10%–30% of the nursing home population . Expenditures by the federal government on skin care are estimated at $10 billion annually . These costs are conservative estimates and may not include all of the costs associated with complications resulting from incontinence.
KeywordsNursing Home Urinary Incontinence Fecal Incontinence Pressure Ulcer Fecal Impaction
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