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SCA launches first-ever TENA Bath Glove for US market

A hygienic alternative to soap and water, the TENA Bathing Glove is made from a soft and thick textured material, infused with a no-rinse lotion.

11th November 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Philadelphia, PA


A hygienic alternative to soap and water, the TENA Bathing Glove is made from a soft and thick textured material, which aims to combine the gentleness of a washcloth with the convenience of a disposable glove. The glove is infused with a no-rinse lotion for daily, full body cleansing. It is designed to be a supplement to regular bathing to improve quality of care for those who are bedridden or have limited mobility, and who may be incontinent.

New level

"As the first of its kind in the US, the TENA Bathing Glove brings SCA's professional care product line to a new level," said Michael Feenan, Vice President for SCA's Incontinence Care business in North America.

"At SCA, our approach to innovation in continence care is focused on understanding the customer and providing quality resident care and improved solutions for caregivers and healthcare professionals. We created the TENA Bathing Glove to be an alternative to traditional bedside basin baths or wipes, which present infection risks due to cross-contamination, are time consuming and labour intensive, and can be irritating to the skin."

Ergonomic advantages

The TENA Bathing Glove was first launched in Europe and was recently tested in two facilities in Canada and the US, among long-term and acute care nursing staff. Both residents and caregivers noted the high quality of the product and commented that it was a calming and indulgent bathing experience, offering a caring approach to resident hygiene, the company reports.

"The TENA Bathing Glove is gentle on fragile and elderly skin, minimizes the risk of cross-contamination, and is more convenient for caregivers in professional facilities or at home," said Mary Matz, President of Patient Care Ergonomic Solutions, LLC, an internationally recognized expert in Healthcare Ergonomics. Mary has worked closely on a variety of projects with the research team who tested the TENA Bathing Glove in Europe.

"For caregivers, the glove also offers unique ergonomic advantages by simplifying supplemental baths and decreasing discomfort as they perform this physically demanding, stressful care task," she said.

TENA Bathing Glove

The TENA Bathing Glove is said to offer several key advantages over traditional basin baths or disposable wipes. Firstly, it is designed to help maintain the skin health. Reusable washcloths can be rough and irritating, particularly on fragile or aging skin. Many soaps are too alkaline for the skin, stripping away natural oils and causing dryness and irritation. The TENA Bathing Glove is infused with a no-rinse, pH neutral cleansing formula with gentle ingredients, making it safer for delicate skin.

The soft, thick, textured material is also said to combine the gentleness of a washcloth with the convenience of a disposable glove to provide efficient and hygienic care. It is also designed to reduce cross-contamination. Wash basins can hold germs if not cleaned properly, creating the potential for infections to spread. The TENA Bathing Glove is a one-time use product. It also thoroughly covers the hand, providing greater protection and control for caregivers than wipes or reusable washcloths.

Finally, the product is less physically demanding, according to the manufacturer. Preparation of basins and clean-up time for multiple residents can be a time-consuming and labour intensive routine. With the TENA Bathing Glove, caregivers can provide individuals with a thorough wash in less time.

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