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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2020

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Managing male urinary incontinence with sheaths, body worn urinals and penile compression clamps

Managing male urinary incontinence with sheaths, body worn urinals and penile compression clamps
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Article topics: Male urinary incontinence, Male urinary sheath/external catheter, body worn urinals, penile compression devices (clamps), Urinary collecting devices

Urinary incontinence is prevalent in men, with 61% of the general population of men experiencing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) (NHS England, 2018). These symptoms present as problems with voiding, storage or post-micturition of urine (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE], 2017). Even after assessment and treatment, some men are still left with urinary incontinence, which is normally managed or contained by either pad products or urinary catheters (if clinically indicated). However, there is a vast range of alternative devices for containment. This article reviews some of the alternative devices that are available, namely sheaths, body worn urinals and penile compression clamps. It discusses the merits and disadvantages of each device and advises when they should or should not be used.

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