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The Bidet

Everything There Is To Know, From The First and Only Book On The Bidet; An Elegant Solution for Comfort, Health, Happiness, Ecology, and Economy; The Topic No One Talks About, The Device That Can Save Your Health.

Written by William Bruneau
Published: September, 2004. 112 pages.
Spiralbound. $7.95
ISBN 0-9748799-0-8     LCCN: 2004096271


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Some Interesting Abstracts

Here are some research abstracts that didn't make the first edition of The Bidet, but are interesting nevertheless.

World J Urol. 1999 Jun;17(3):145-50 Some historical aspects of urinals and urine receptacles. Mattelaer JJ. Department of Urology, CAZK Groeninghe, Kortrijk, Belgium
In the history of mankind the first receptacles for urine were made and employed for diagnostic purposes and developed over centuries to a sophisticated matula. In ancient Greek and Roman history, chamber pots existed and urine was collected to bleach sheets, but it was only in the late medieval and renaissance times that a real urine receptacle or urinal for daily use was developed. We give a short description of the materials used, including clay, pewter, copper, and silver, but more sophisticated receptacles made of china, such as the bourdaloue, and of glass, such as the Kuttrolf, were also developed for use during long church ceremonies. Less known are the wooden "pipes" from Turkestan, used to keep babies dry. In the long history of mankind, urinals sometimes became very original objects.

Gesundheitswesen. 1992 Aug;54(8):410-6 [Construction hygiene in the area of bathing and recreation] [Article in German] Sonntag HG
Abteilung Hygiene und Medizinische Mikrobiologie-Hygiene-Institut, Universitat Heidelberg

Construction hygiene in the bathing and recreation areas underwent many changes during the decades. In each case it was accomplished very intensively and defined by the actual needs of the population or by those responsible for the population. With regard to the development of bathing since the Romans, the bathing habits of the Roman times, during the Middle Ages, at the 18th century, at the beginning of the 19th century and of today are characterized broadly. The respective constructional as well as the hygienic measures are also shown and discussed in this context. Whereas the Roman thermals created prerequisites for physical activity as well as possibilities for spare time, and in the early Middle Ages, sexual excesses and the risk factors connected thereby led to the transfer of infectious diseases and consequently to the elimination of the public baths. At the beginning of the 18th century first the cleaning of the body and at the beginning of the 20th century physical activity became very important. With the help of the construction plans for baths and shower-baths and swimming pools of 1906 the aims and purposes of the baths are discussed and the respective constructional changes are shown the example of warm water baths (swimming pools) in Hamburg.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Med Eng Phys. 1996 Sep;18(6):515-8. The development of the Port-a-Bidet: a portable bidet for people with minimal hand function Burkitt J, Martin G, Kay GH, Torrens GE, Chapman C, Sandbach D Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK
Our Institute has investigated the expressed needs of many severely disabled people. One requirement was for a portable bidet that would fit on a standard toilet, so that they could still have some of the advantages of their automatic washing/drying/flushing toilet when away from their own house. Potential users were consulted, from the specification stage through to final production model testing, to ensure that the desired device was produced. The Port-a-Bidet is a lightweight device, with its own water container, spray unit, pump and power supply. It allows a user with very weak arms to wash themselves with warm water, and a hands-free drying method is explained in the instruction booklet. The whole unit is transported in a discreet carrying bag, and can easily be set up by an unskilled person. The Port-a-Bidet can be controlled by commercially available single switch activators, so that any user can operate it

J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2002 Jul-Aug;3(4):215-23 Time and economic cost of constipation care in nursing homes Frank L, Schmier J, Kleinman L, Siddique R, Beck C, Schnelle J, Rothman M MEDTAP International, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland 20814, USA.
OBJECTIVE: Chronic constipation is a common disorder among residents in long-term care; yet the cost to the nursing home of constipation-related care is not known. The objective of this study was to quantify the nursing staff and supply-related cost of constipation care to nursing homes from the perspective of the nursing home. DESIGN: Prospective, observational time-and-motion design. SETTING: Two United States nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 59 nursing home residents with chronic constipation and nursing staff providing constipation care to them. MEASUREMENTS: Actual time to complete constipation care-related tasks was measured via stopwatch by trained observers, and the number and professional level (eg, staff nurse, CNA) of staff performing each task was recorded. Frequency of constipation care task data was obtained through 60-day retrospective medical chart review for each subject. Nurse wage rate data was obtained from the Nursing Home Salary and Benefits Report, a US-based national source. Resident and nursing home descriptive information was also collected. RESULTS: The average cost per task occurrence ranged from 0.72 US dollars for enema administration to 1.74 US dollars for oral medication administration. Average nursing staff costs per subject per year were 1577 US dollars for oral medication administration, 215 US dollars for dietary supplement administration, 39 US dollars for constipation assessment, 17 US dollars for suppository administration, and 6 US dollars for enema administration. Based on estimates of frequency of occurrence, the total annual labor and supply cost per long-term care resident with constipation was 2253 US dollars. CONCLUSION: Nursing staff performance of constipation care-related tasks is time consuming and costly in the long-term care setting.

J Gerontol Nurs. 1990 Jul;16(7):4-11 Prescribe with care. The role of laxatives in the treatment of constipation Yakabowich M
The use of laxatives is widespread throughout North American hospitals and long-term care facilities. Although constipation is a frequent complaint among the elderly, the use of laxatives is not always warranted; increases in physical activity, fluid intake, and dietary fiber may be sufficient to control constipation. The occasional use of a laxative is not harmful, but the daily use of these drugs for achieving a bowel movement may be detrimental to the resident because of the side effects they can produce and drug interactions that can occur with other medications. Potential solutions to the overuse of laxative agents include the use of dietary bran; less regular administration of stimulant and osmotic agents; more regular administration of bulk-forming laxatives and stool softeners; an increase in the awareness of normal gastrointestinal physiology; and the role of non-drug factors.

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