Clinical Directions in Continence Care

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A 1-day educational program dedicated to topics about the latest evidence on managing urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections. Lectures by researchers and clinicians will provide the latest evidence on a variety of topics and allow providers, especially nurses, to catch up on some clinical skills. The programme will also include access to exhibits of product manufacturers and medical supply companies.


There is a $50 registration fee if you are not registering for the ICS Annual Meeting.

Please register online here and select the "Others" registration category.

Registered delegates are welcome to attend this programme as part of their registration fee but MUST pre-register via the online system or by emailing Ms. Keren Abuhasira

Please note this programme is subject to change.

08:00 08:30 Registration
08:30 08:35 Introduction Christine Bradway, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, AGSF & Donna Thompson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CCCN-AP
Keynote: Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections
08:35 09:15 Preventing Catheter-associated UTIs: U.S. Perspective Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH
Catheters and Products Experts: The Good and the Not-so-Good
09:15 09:30 Catheter coatings and material, do they make a difference? Nikki McCormick, RN
09:30 09:45 Catheter characteristics that can improve self-catheterisation Mary A Wasner, RN
09:45 10:00 Tips on male external catheter application and use Karen Spriggs, RN
10:00 10:15 Improving absorbency, current technology in incontinence pads Tony Forsberg, RN, BSBA
10:15 10:30 Discussion/questions
10:30 11:00 Coffee break and exhibition
The Pelvic Floor
11:00 11:15 The role of the nurse midwife in promoting pelvic floor health during childbirth Lisa Kane Low, PhD, RN
11:15 11:30 Acupuncture: A viable treatment for incontinence and LUTS Sandra Engberg, PhD, RN
11:30 11:45 Discussion/questions
11:45 13:00 Lunch & Exhibition
UTIs are Part of LUTS
13:00 13:15 Incidence of UTIs in adolescent girls and women in the United States, 2008-2015 Jean Wyman, PhD, RN
13:15 13:30 What is the Evidence-base for treatment of recurrent UTIs in women Ariana Smith, MD, Jason Brown, MS RN
13:30 13:45 Discussion/questions
13:45 14:00 Coffee break and exhibition
Catching up with Clinical Skills
14:00 14:45 Primer on UDS Mikel Gray, PhD, RN
14:45 15:30 Biofeedback assisted pelvic floor muscle training in Adults & Children - case presentations Donna Thompson, CRNP, Andrea Branas, PT
15:30 15:45 Discussion/questions
15:45 16:00 Parting comments Christine Bradway, PhD, RN & Donna Thompson, CRNP

• ABC Medical
• Bioinfinity USA
• Cochrane Incontinence
• Coloplast
• Compact Cath
• Cure Medical
• Edgepark Medical Supplies/UroMed
• Essity
• Hollister
• Laborie
• Medino
• The Prometheus Group
• Wellspect
• Wilmington Medical Supply
• Vibrance

Talk Summaries

Christine Bradway, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, AGSF
Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing BHS Department
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Donna Thompson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CCCN-AP
Certified AP Continence Nurse
Department of Obstretrics and Gynecology
Division of Urogynecology, University of Pennsylvania

Shannon Novosad, MD, MPH

    1. States Public Health Service
      Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
      Evidence-based practices as described in published guidelines have been shown to decrease CAUTIs in a variety of settings. This presentation will cover key practices and discuss interventions that have incorporated these practices with success. In addition, novel interventions focusing on diagnostic stewardship will be covered.

Nikki McCormick, RN
Managing Director
Wellspect HealthCare/Denstply Sirona
Urinary tract infection is one of the greatest burden and fear for people practicing intermittent catheterization. Antibiotics have traditionally been used to fight the problem but there is increasing alarms of resistant bacteria. Hydrophilic-coated catheters is one solution that can contribute to reduce the problem but not all hydrophilic catheters are the same. LoFric® was the first hydrophilic-coated catheter introduced on the market. We have found that the coating should reflect the natural environment of the urethra and that this will results in clinical benefits – both in the short and long term. This talk will present clinical evidence and reveal the reasons behind LoFric’s great clinical results during the past 35 years.

Mary A. Wasner, RN, BSN, CURN
Manager, Clinical Education
US Continence and Critical Care, Hollister Incorporated
An assessment of intermittent catheter user needs measured the most important factors in intermittent catheter use to patients. The two greatest needs were: Ease of Use and Extra Protection. Explore catheter characteristics the can improve self-catheterization with use of protective tips and no touch, closed system catheters.

Karen Spriggs, RN
Clinical Consultant, Coloplast
This topic on male external catheters will include:
• Why and when to use
• Types and product selection
• Clinical considerations
• Potential issues and management

Tony Forsberg, RN, BSBA, WCC, CSPHA
National Clinical Director, Essity

Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM FACNM, FAAN
Associate Professor School of Nursing Women’s Studies
Dept. Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Michigan

Sandra Engberg, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Professor & Associate Dean for Clinical Education
School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
This presentation will discuss current evidence about the potential role of acupuncture in the management of urinary incontinence. Findings of studies examining the effect of acupuncture on UI and comparing it effectiveness to other interventions will be summarised.

Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Cora Meidl Siehl Chair in Nursing Research
School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Ariana Smith, MD
Associate Professor of Urology
Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

Jason Brown, MS RN
Doctoral Student, Hillman Scholar in Innovation
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Mikel Gray, PhD, RN
Department of Urology, University of Virginia

Andrea Richtel Branas PT, DPT, MSE, CLT
PT Clinical Practice Coordinator
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Conservative management should be the first line approach to the management of urinary incontinence. Biofeedback assisted pelvic floor training can be an effective part of the first line strategy in the treatment of urinary incontinence in adults and children. This case-based presentation will highlight the need for a thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, integrated treatment, and application of patient specific treatment approaches based upon principles of motor learning and neuromuscular re-education. A brief review of evidence supporting assessment and interventions will be included.