Well, like the name indicates, a bladder diary (sometimes referred to as a volume-frequency chart) is a simplistic, noninvasive tool that helps your clients can use if they have a voiding dysfunction. It is simple to use really.
All you and your clients have to do is to record their fluid intake and the time and volume for each time they void for three to five days at a time. The tool can be used both as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
Besides recording the basics, you and your client can also record their urgency to go or any Valsalva maneuvers that they may have experienced with their incontinence episode. Then, by presenting the collected data to their healthcare professional, it will be easier for them to determine if your client is suffering from urge or stress incontinence.
Further, by recording the issues, the severity of their urinary frequency and incontinence will also be able to be determined. It will be easier for the medical professional to diagnose increased urinary frequency which is secondary to excessive fluid intake and polyuria (the production of abnormally large volumes of dilute urine). This is paramount to making the diagnosis of nocturia secondary to a nocturnal diuresis.
What should be learned here is that the bladder diary provides both your clients and their healthcare professionals with important data during their treatment. The bladder diary can also serve as a beneficial tool with your client’s therapy for incontinence.
This tool should help you, as their caregiver, to produce useful information that can be used in their treatment. When proper treatment is calculated, you will be showing your clients once again that With Age Comes Respect.