The Bladder Scanner is a portable unit with an attached ultrasound probe. The probe is placed on the patient’s abdomen over the bladder. The scanning head transmits sound waves. The waves are reflected back from the patient’s bladder to a reader.
Data from scans of the bladder are sent to a computer in the handheld unit. The computer automatically calculates bladder volume. The entire scan only takes a minute or two. It is painless, and there is no discomfort or embarrassment.
This diagnostic tool enables your healthcare provider to accurately evaluate the need for catheterization. Bladder scanning can help eliminate unnecessary catheterization and unnecessary toileting.
Cystitis (sis-TI-tis) is inflammation of the bladder. Typically, a bacterial infection (called a urinary tract infection) causes the inflammation. A bladder infection can be painful and annoying, and it can become a serious health problem if the infection spreads to your kidneys. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
The cystitis decision aid is a simple rule for use by your healthcare provider. It helps him or her decide whether to prescribe antibiotics or order a urine culture for adult women with acute cystitis symptoms. A simple three item decision aid could significantly reduce unnecessary antibiotic drug prescriptions and urine culture testing.
Hospitals and other healthcare settings use toilet sensors to warn healthcare providers when a falls risk patient has fallen off the toilet, or is walking without help. Most toilet sensors signal an alarm at the nurse’s station. The alarm goes off when the patient stands from the toilet.
Toilet sensors can also act as a safety precaution in the prevention of falls. Sensors alert staff to the presence of the older adult in the bathroom, a common fall site.
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