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QOD 56: Treatment for Urinary Incontinence (GI/GU/Basic Care and Comfort)

Question:

A 76-year-old patient has urinary incontinence diagnosed because of instability of the detrusor muscle. Which of the following describes a form of management of this type of incontinence? Select all that apply.

Answer:

A. Anticholinergic drugs, such as Ditropan

B. Bladder training

Rationale: 

Incontinence caused by instability of the detrusor muscle in the bladder leads to incomplete bladder emptying and leakage or urine between periods of voiding. The condition is typically managed with anticholinergic drugs and lifestyle changes, such as avoidance of caffeine, which stimulates the bladder. The patient may also undergo bladder training to increase the time between using the bathroom.

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