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UTIs and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Exploring the relationship between UTIs and Traumatic Brain Injuries

· UTIs,Conditions

Urinary tract infections are associated with a number of health conditions. This week, we will explore the link between UTIs and Traumatic Brain Injury.

What’s a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) come in many forms and have a host of causes and symptoms. They’re most commonly the result of a blow to the head, and can occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, or acts of violence.

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. alone experience a traumatic brain injury each year. Depending on the cause, symptoms, and how severe the injury is, medical professionals can use a number of treatment methods on people with a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury and UTIs

Some forms of traumatic brain injury cause people to become incontinent or unable to walk. People who become paralyzed by their injury may have to wear adult briefs because they may be unable to readily access the bathroom or because other parts of their body, including and associated with the urinary tract, are impaired. Research conducted by the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare (IRCCS) in Italy has found that many people suffer from incontinence as a result of traumatic brain injuries. While TBI comes in different forms, they note that the two most prominent causes of UTIs in TBI patients include an overactive bladder and an inability to release all the urine from the bladder as a result of incontinence.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Incontinence

The journal “Disability and Rehabilitation” published a study that notes a correlation between TBI, urinary tract infections, and incontinence. Of the 146 patients with traumatic brain injury of varying levels of severity they tested, 21 of them suffered from chronic urinary issues. It notes that, upon receiving some treatment for their incontinence issues, many TBI patients have recovered from problems with their urinary tracts over time. Quite significantly, the study notes that TBI patients who were catheterized soon after being injured encountered more severe urinary tract problems than those who were not catheterized.

Pixie Smart Pads

Many people with traumatic brain injury and incontinence use Pixie Smart Pads as a way to monitor for UTIs. While dipsticks are an alternative option for UTI detection, they are quite difficult to use for people with incontinence. Pixie Smart Pads are a much easier alternative to other tools because they are worn in incontinence briefs and used twice per week. They make the lives of people at home and at assisted living facilities that much easier and will continue to keep people happy, healthy, and out of the hospital.

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