Fre 14 jun / År 42 / Nr 4 2023

Life Science 2021

The task of developing the healthcare systems, technology and treatments of the future requires a much sharper focus on facilitating collaboration across borders. Not only geographical – but across disciplines as well. Gothenburg has a strong and growing Life Science cluster which deserves to be highlighted from a national point of view.

Digital technology advances elderly care and facilitates dignified incontinence care

More than 500,000 people in Sweden live with incontinence problems. In the country’s special care homes, around 80% of residents suffer from incontinence and use some form of incontinence aid on a daily basis. Using new digital technologies, it is possible to improve the well-being of residents, while making the working environment better for staff.

Ingrid Sannum, head of TENA at Essity in Sweden.

“Tena has over 60 years of experience in incontinence care. We work every day to break down barriers to improve people’s health and well-being,” says Ingrid Sannum, head of Tena at Essity in Sweden.

“We are proud to have developed the TENA SmartCare Change Indicator™, a product based on the latest technology that helps healthcare professionals decide when an incontinence pad needs changing if the care recipient has difficulty communicating their needs.”

Increased well-being and efficiency through a digital solution for incontinence care

A reusable sensor, attached to the outside of the absorbent product, detects the urine level. The TENA SmartCare Professional Care app notifies the healthcare worker when a change needs to be made. This means increased well-being for the care recipients. More efficient work routines also mean that caregivers can perform other important nursing tasks.

Greater sense of dignity among carers

It can be difficult to determine when incontinence protection needs to be replaced. Unnecessary manual checks interfere with care recipients’ daily activities and night-time rest. Too few changes can lead to skin contact, leakage and skin that is at risk of irritation.

The change indicator reduces the need for manual checks, which means fewer interruptions during the day - enhancing care recipients’ sense of dignity.

Satisfied employees in health and social care

The TENA SmartCare Change Indicator™ improves workflow and makes life easier for caregivers in several ways; there are fewer unnecessary manual checks - which means less workload, fewer interruptions during the care recipients’ daily routines and night-time rest, while happier care recipients mean less stress for employees.

A more sustainable solution

“We also know that inadequate care can lead to overuse of incontinence products, which is both unnecessarily costly and worse for the environment as it creates more waste than necessary. Therefore the TENA SmartCare Change Indicator can also contribute to increased sustainability with less impact on the environment,” concludes Sannum.