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Evidence-based continence training

New evidence-based best practice continence education is being provided to aged care facilities.

Concerned that many nurses lack sufficient knowledge and skills to deal with incontinence problems, Lille Healthcare is now providing evidence-based best practice continence education to aged care facilities, hospitals and community nurses.

The newly formed Lille Continence Institute (LCI) is a direct answer to the “ostensible shortage of quality, clinical continence education programs” says Michelle Kalms, LCI’s clinical principal.

“Nursing staff have limited knowledge about incontinence and find it difficult to care for those who suffer from it. Many nurses lack sufficient knowledge and skills to intervene appropriately when dealing with problems associated with incontinence,” she says.

The justification for education in nursing is no longer required, says Charles Cornish, Lille Healthcare’s managing director.

“Government agencies, aged care providers and healthcare professionals all acknowledge that effective, efficient and appropriate healthcare servicing is directly linked to quality education.

Continence-specific education has possibly the most immediate and tangible impact on healthcare in our country,” says Cornish.

“In the area of residential aged care, continence is the greatest individual condition affecting a facility’s financial position, the greatest individual condition affecting facility staff and is the most common physical condition affecting residents. Educating nursing staff on all aspects of continence – from baseline competencies through to advanced research- based clinical programs – reduces direct costs such as pads, reduces indirect costs such as laundering and labour, and improves the comfort and dignity of sufferers.”

LCI’s education programs are researched, developed and presented by a specialist team of qualified continence nurse advisors.

“LCI differentiates its programs utilising three simple beliefs: education must be evidence-based, programs must be delivered by clinicians who have practiced for decades in the subjects covered, and education must be delivered face-to-face, onsite by qualified educators,” says Cornish.

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