Sage Products Introduces New Incontinence Clean-up Cloths


Sage Products LLC introduces Incontinence Clean-up Cloths, a new skin care product ideally suited for patients suffering from incontinence. The soft, gentle cloths clean and moisturize the skin and contain 0.8 percent dimethicone and aloe.

Incontinence Clean-up Cloths provide a simplified process for incontinent skin cleansing, helping enhance protocol compliance and eliminate multi-step process variance. Bath basins, the current standard of care, have been shown to be a source of bacteria and may be linked to the transmission of hospital-acquired infections (HAI).[1-2] The human and economic costs of HAIs are high: approximately 2 million patients suffer from HAIs with hospital admission rates averaging 5 percent to 10 percent and the total cost of HAIs in the U.S. is estimated at $20 billion each year.[3] This burden has led to changes in reimbursement starting in 2015, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ceasing reimbursement of hospitals for expenses related to certain HAIs.[3]

“HAIs have a devastating effect on patient care and can cost tens of thousands of dollars per case to treat,” says Terry Boersma, vice president of marketing for Sage Products. “Sage’s new Incontinence Clean-up Cloths are an alternative to bath basins, which are often used for incontinence clean-up, and are a proven bacteria reservoir.[1] The cloths provide a one-step protocol for incontinence cleanup, as recommended by the WOCN consensus. This helps enhance compliance to incontinence skin cleansing protocol.”

The new cloths can be used as part of an incontinence skin care strategy for additional cleanup or for patients who do not require the advanced protection provided by Comfort Shield® Barrier Cream Cloths. The cloths help clinicians and caregivers safely, comfortably and efficiently clean their patients who experience incontinence.

The ultra-soft Incontinence Clean-up Cloths are available in a resealable package for convenient use at the bedside. They are backed by Sage’s personalized in-service training and education, utilization management and outcomes measurement programs.

1. Johnson D, Lineweaver L, Maze L. Patients’ Bath Basins as Potential Sources of Infection: A Multicenter Sampling Study. Am J Crit Care. 2009;18(1):31-38, 41.
2. Marchjaim D, Taylor AR, Hayakawa K, et al. Hospital bath basins are frequently contaminated with multi-drug resistant human pathogens.  Am J Infect Control. 2012;40(6):562-564.
3. SHEA Position Paper. Enhancing Patient Safety by Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections: The Role of Discovery and Dissemination. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010;31:118-123.

Source: Sage Products LLC


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