Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHi, my name's Janice Reid. I’m a continence services manager and I’m part of the course development team. So welcome to week 2 of your Understanding Continence Promotion course brought to you by the Association for Continence Advice. First let’s review what we covered last week. The two key things we asked you to reflect on were your own attitudes and beliefs about continence and bladder and bowel health and how dysfunction has a real impact on our lives. As we go through this course it’s vital to keep this impact at the forefront of our minds. What effects do our opinions and practice have on those we care for?

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsUsing the Continence Paradigm as framework for thinking about what you’re trying to achieve with each individual can help. This week we’re taking an in-depth look at the anatomy of male and female urinary systems and how they function. Essentially, we’re going to explore how we pee when everything’s working as it should. This will give you a basis to start thinking about what can go wrong and why. We hope you find this week informative and enjoyable and that it leads you to become curious about why we develop bladder and bowel difficulties and become incontinent. Very best of luck!

Welcome to week 2

This week you will be exploring how the bladders works, what normal bladder function is and what happens when there is damage to the structures involved.

In this video, Janice Reid, Clinical Lead, Western Trust Continence Advisory Services, Northern Ireland, welcomes you to week 2.

We will be starting with the anatomy and physiology of the lower urinary tract and urethral sphincters and then move on to look at the nerves involved in bladder control.

Following this we will look at the causes of loss of bladder control, urinary incontinence.

In week one we explored how bladder and bowel dysfunctions can impact on individuals and their families. If a person has a bladder or bowel dysfunction there is ‘always’ a cause for this, if the cause/causes are identified a significant number of individuals can be effectively treated.

As we will see there are many factors that can cause loss of bladder control, for some individuals there is one cause for others it is more complex and there can be a number of factors involved.

Why knowledge of normal bladder function is important

A knowledge of normal bladder function is important as ‘alterations to the normal physiology’ will be the ‘cause’ of the bladder problems for a significant number of individuals.

By the end of this week you should have an understanding of what is normal and when we need to seek help.

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Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults

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