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A Female Urinary Diversion Device for Military Women in the Deployed Environment

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Technical Report,01 Jul 2012,31 May 2016

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The Geneva Foundation Tacoma United States

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Purpose The purpose of this study was 1 to explore the utility of a female urinary diversion device FUDD as a self-care measure for female urination in the deployment environment, and 2 determine if there are differences in self-reported urinary symptoms between an intervention group and control group of deployed military women MW. Design This feasibility study design consisted of a randomized controlled trial intervention group IG and control group CG with repeated measures. Methods Both groups completed a Predeployment Baseline Assessment Form.. The IG received two FUDDs and instructions. They completed the Urination and FUDD Use during Deployment Survey at 3 and 6 months during deployment. The CG completed the Urination during Deployment Survey at 3 and 6 months during deployment. Sample MW n 94 deployed for 6 months to austere locations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom OEF were recruited from an SRC. They were randomly assigned to the IG n 61 or CG n 33. Of the 61 military women randomized to the IG, twenty-two completed the three-month questionnaire and twenty-six completed the six-month questionnaire. Of the 33 individuals randomized to the CG, seven completed the three-month questionnaire and six completed the six-month questionnaire. Analysis Descriptive and content analyses provided support for the FUDDs utility in austere environments. Clinically significant differences in urinary symptoms between groups were determined. Results demonstrated the FUDD was easy to use, store, and carry. The CG group reported that they would have liked to have the FUDD. Both groups recommended it and reported there were many opportunities for a FUDD due to unsanitary and challenging conditions. Implications for Military Nursing This research provides scientifically based support for the FUDDs feasibility for MW in austere settings and clinical support for the FUDD as a self-care measure.

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