According to statistics, approximately 12% of all women and 5% of all men suffer from some form of urinary incontinence. There are a variety of causes, most of which have no fault of their own.
When it comes to incontinence, a fundamental distinction must be made between urinary and fecal incontinence. In the case of the latter, the former also, for the most part, goes hand in hand.
Incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from muscular to neurological to sensory disorders:
Stress incontinence: This type of incontinence can occur after pregnancy or during menopause, especially in women.
Urge incontinence: This type occurs when there is a constant urge to urinate, and the affected person cannot tell whether he actually has to go to the toilet or not, so-called “dribbling” occurs predominantly.
Reflex incontinence: The nerve pathways between the bladder and the brain are interrupted, which means that information is not forwarded or passed on incorrectly or not at all
Overflow incontinence: Given a restricted urethra, the bladder cannot be completely emptied. A possible restriction can be caused by the prostate, whereby the bladder is not completely emptied and the urine test is involuntarily delayed.
Functional incontinence: In general, this form can occur in anyone, e.g. in dementia patients, as a result of various medications or immobility after an operation.
Due to the versatility of incontinence, there are specialty products dedicated to addressing this problem. A basic distinction must be made between absorbent aids (incontinence pants, diapers, pads), draining aids (catheters, urinal condoms) or toilet aids (toilet chairs, urine bottles, bedpans).
The absorbing variants will be discussed in detail in the following sections. In addition to medical fields, these are used in space travel, long-haul flight pilots, coma patients, divers, and guards who are not allowed to leave their posts.
Use of disposable diapers in medicine
The adult diaper is primarily defined as an absorbent product that absorbs bodily excretions from a person who is not the size of a baby or small child.
The use of such a medical product is usually the result of a person's illness.
In theory, such a discreet incontinence product for adults is little different from a disposable diaper for a child. For the latter, there are also reusable models.
What are the advantages of disposable diapers for medical institutions
Diapers are a part of every caregiver's daily life in a medical setting. Every caregiver prioritizes discretion, respect, and dignity during treatment, in addition to functionality and efficiency. They provide the best incontinence protection for moderate to severe incontinence. The best comprehensive fit for a comfortable fit can be achieved thanks to the optimally adjustable sides.
These models are also easily interchangeable. Many patients are able to change their diapers while standing on their own. Unlike pants, you do not have to undress completely. It can also be used after using the restroom. You can go to the toilet without changing the incontinence diaper because the adhesive strips can be opened and closed several times.
What distinguishes a high-quality diaper?
The core consists of cellulose, a so-called superabsorbent. Most often this is used as a coarse-grained powder, which is an extremely absorbent chemical granule.
These can absorb up to fifty times their own weight. Acting as a gelling agent, they bind the liquid and ensure dry wearing comfort with liquid-distributing cellulose flakes. Non-woven fabrics on the outside and inside increase wearing comfort and ensure dryness.
There are serious differences in size and suction power. Unlike infants, the adult medical diaper needs to be tested differently. The suction strength can be determined using the ISO test (ISO 11948-1) under laboratory conditions. This strictly defined test procedure is also known as the Rothwell test.
Here, fibers must have high tear resistance and moisture even when wet in order to keep important areas free of contamination. Our product can be used regardless of gender, this only changes with pads and other incontinence products.
Great need for medical diapers
Due to current patient numbers and demographic change, which precisely documents an aging society and allows for advance planning, coupled with the increasing acceptance of medical hygiene articles for special cases, the time for entering the market is optimal.
In 2020, the global market in this segment exceeded $15 billion.
For the year 2026, the mark of over 24 billion US dollars has already been forecast. The average annual growth rate in the period 2021-2026 is thus expected to be 7.8%.
Above all, the improvement of the products in terms of liquid absorption and retention capacity brings the diaper closer to those affected. But also the increasing hygiene awareness, the constantly improving health systems and the growing acceptance of incontinence and its consequences (especially in developing regions) are spurring on the diaper market.
Due to the supporting digitization, which not only favors a rapidly increasing awareness but also access to information from patients, those affected, medical staff, and institutions create a great demand for special products.
Evolving product diversity in terms of skin-friendliness, comfort, thinness/thickness, and odor control increases people's trust in our medical products. Social media, which both cover all topics, enable healthy exchange and promote a gradual elimination of social stigma, have an inspiring effect. At the same time, e-commerce supports the provision of required products through a strong distribution network.
At the same time, continuous product development can be achieved through close cooperation with science, through which our products continue to offer healthy solutions to problems in everyday medical life.
In summary, incontinence products can make life a little more worth living despite limitations. We would like to make a contribution by not only opposing the taboo on the topic but also by providing information, advice, and assistance. Our special medical products should make a protective contribution to the health system and support the safe care of those affected.
You are welcome to arrange a non-binding consultation with our trained staff, in which you can exchange information about individual requirements without obligation. You will also find out which medical products are best suited for your application and how this relieves your staff and gives patients a higher quality of life.