An innovative antiseptic, antiperspirant and deodourant diaper for the older and frail older people suffering from urinary incontinence
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AbstractBackground: Urinary Incontinence is a common symptom among the older and frail older people. Apart from affecting the quality of life and skin complications, the demand on assistance could be too high for any sufferer. While conservative means of treatment do not work, special incontinence apparel could be a good compromise. Objective: To create an absorbent, antiseptic, antiperspirant and deodourant diaper for the older and dependent people suffering from urinary incontinence. Material and Methods: Antiperspirant and antiseptic medicinal materials have been reported in Traditional Chinese Medicine and two herbs were screened out to provide the required effects. A combination of Fraxini Cortex, Calamine and Zinc oxide made in powder forms was impregnated into a pocket of the diaper. Laboratory tests were performed to confirm the antiseptic, antiperspirant and deodourant effects of the materials. A self-control clinical trial on the diaper was organized in an elderly home. Results: Antibacterial effects against Staphylococcus, E. coli and Candida were proven. Antiperspirant effects were confirmed using acetylcholinesterase inhibitor testings. Volunteers using the Sudoscan machine further demonstrated the weak antiperspirant effects of the herbs. A pilot study on 31 dependent diaper users gave positive feedbacks of more comfort, less leakage, odour and better skin conditions. The overall satisfaction reached 79%. Conclusion: A special diaper with antiseptic, antiperspirant and deodourant effects could be created with in-expensive herbal powder impregnated and could be recommended to the older and frail older people with urinary incontinence.
All Author(s) ListElaine Wat, Alex W. L. Lin, Cyrus Mak, Ivan Lam, Clara Bik-San Lau, Frency Sau-Fun Ng, Patrick Chi-Leung Hui, Ping-Chung Leung
Journal nameAdvances in Aging Research
Volume Number6
Issue Number2
PublisherScientific Research Publishing
Pages29 - 37
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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