Science Alert — 2016 in review

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Science Alert

The Science Alert is a summary of the latest publications within the fields of urology and bowel care. The findings are the results from systematic searches in the databases MEDLINE (via PubMed), EMBASE and Google Scholar. The selection is made by the Wellspect HealthCare Medical Affairs team. 

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Summary of 2016

2016 has offered many interesting new research findings within the fields of urology and bowel care. Throughout the year, traditional barriers for intermittent catheterization have been challenged and it has been shown that with the right support, education, aids and techniques the therapy is successful for most people suffering from bladder dysfunction.

Bladder and bowel issues in combination

Every so often bladder dysfunction is seen together with bowel problems. In particular among those who have a neurogenic damage causing their problems. Just as conservative therapy alternatives are promoted for management of the neurogenic bladder, non-invasive methods are recommended as the first choice therapy of neurogenic bowel dysfunction.

Transanal irrigation (TAI)

More and more evidence is seen advocating to introduce transanal irrigation earlier in the treatment plan and before surgical solutions. The cost perspective is always in focus in research, and both transanal irrigation for neurogenic bowel dysfunction and hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent catheterization have been verified as cost-effective treatment options during the past year.


There is in general a great awareness of the burden of catheter-associated urinary tract infections and the need for preventive actions to avoid antibiotic resistant bacteria and limit cost for the healthcare system. Several papers throughout the year have reported the results from such preventive initiatives in hospitals, including the one involving US hospitals (i.e. On the CUSP: Stop UTI).

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