Episode 25 A Decision Support Algorithm for Body Worn Absorbent Products (BWAP)


Despite recent advances in multiple areas of continence management including pharmacotherapy, surgery, physiotherapy, and neuromodulation, evidence suggests that use of incontinence products remains the most prevalent strategy among adults with urinary or fecal incontinence. To address this gap, the WOCN Society developed an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for selection, use, and evaluation of body worn absorbent products for the management of individuals with urinary and/or fecal incontinence—The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide. This new clinical tool is a blend of evidence-based decision making with best practice modes designed to help to fill the gap in resources available for first-line and WOC specialty practice nurses guiding optimal use of BWAPs. In this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Mikel Gray, PhD, RN, PNP, FNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN to discuss BWAPs, the WOCN Society’s Consensus Conference on BWAPs and the Society’s newest decision-making tool, the Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide.

To learn more about the development of this new tool, we invite you to read the article, Assessment, Selection, Use, and Evaluation of Body Worn Absorbent Products for Adults With Incontinence: A WOCN Society Consensus Conference”, published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN): May/June 2018 – Volume 45 – Issue 3 – p 243–264.

To start implementing this tool into your daily practice, visit bwap.wocn.org.

The Body Worn Absorbent Product Guide was funded through an educational grant from Domtar.

WOCN Society Accreditation Statement
The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.