The Orizon SMART continence care solution from personal hygiene group Ontex has been found to improve residents’ comfort and sleep quality and reduce spend on protection products.
The findings are derived from seven studies conducted between 2022 and 2023 in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Belgium.
Product testing took place over four weeks and involved almost 100 residents and over 120 care professionals across the seven locations. Results of implementing the digital incontinence care assistive technology included:
- Staff time gains ranging from 28 minutes to over three hours per shift per caregiver.
- Reduced spend on incontinence products of between 21 per cent and 25 per cent (not including cost efficiencies from reduced laundry).
- An improvement in resident comfort and dignity, as reported by 80 per cent of caregivers.
- Reduction in physical burden placed on staff, reported by 100 per cent of staff in France study.
The Orizon SMART features a rechargeable transmitter clip that senses moisture and notifies caregivers when residents require changing. It links to a user-friendly app and presents a traffic light system to help caregivers make continence checks only when necessary.
Helen Seymour, UK and Ireland commercial director for Ontex UK, said: “Our objective in these trials is to evaluate the efficiency of Orizon SMART in both cost and time savings for caregivers and whether it facilitates their workload, while improving patient quality of life.
“What we found was an overwhelming endorsement of the technology. In fact, in the France study, more than 80 per cent of caregivers corroborated an improvement in residents’ comfort and dignity.
“Routine continence checks do not represent the actual voiding behaviours of residents. We now know what good continence care looks like, and with emerging technology, we can deliver it.”