Therapeutic Irrigation

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: The use of nasal irrigation for the treatment of nose and sinus complaints has its foundations in yogic and homeopathic traditions. There has been increasing use of saline irrigation, douches, sprays and rinsing as an adjunct to the medical management of chronic rhinosinusitis. Treatment strategies often include the use of topical saline from once to more than four times a day. Considerable patient effort is often involved. Any additional benefit has been difficult to discern from other treatments.

Author(s): 
Harvey, R.
Hannan, S. A.
Badia, L.
Scadding, G.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Nursing

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the impact of a standardized protocol to maintain nasoenteral tube (NET) patency in patients requiring fluid restriction and identify factors associated with tube patency. BACKGROUND: Nasoenteral tube obstruction may interrupt nutritional support and prohibit drug administration. Balancing NET patency in the context of fluid restriction can be a challenge. DESIGN AND METHODS: The impact of the standardized protocol was assessed by using a quasi-experimental design and an historical control.

Author(s): 
Matsuba, Claudia St
De Gutiérrez, Maria Gr
Whitaker, Iveth Y.
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: The use of nasal irrigation for the treatment of nose and sinus complaints has its foundations in yogic and homeopathic traditions. There has been increasing use of saline irrigation, douches, sprays and rinsing as an adjunct to the medical management of chronic rhinosinusitis. Treatment strategies often include the use of topical saline from once to more than four times a day. Considerable patient effort is often involved. Any additional benefit has been difficult to discern from other treatments.

Author(s): 
Harvey, R.
Hannan, S. A.
Badia, L.
Scadding, G.
Publication Title: 
Military Medicine

There is limited information on how military women manage feminine hygiene practices in combat and noncombat environments. The purpose of this study was to describe feminine hygiene practices of military women in deployed and noncombat (normal) environments. A nonexperimental descriptive research design was used. The study used a survey questionnaire, the Deployed Female Health Practice Questionnaire, which was developed specifically for military women to report their experiences with hygiene issues.

Author(s): 
Czerwinski, B. S.
Wardell, D. W.
Yoder, L. H.
Connelly, L. M.
Ternus, M.
Pitts, K.
Kouzekanani, K.
Publication Title: 
Applied nursing research: ANR

Adult feminine hygiene practices are the focus of this exploratory descriptive study. In a sample of 193 women, the typical respondent lived in the Southeast and was a single student who was 23 years of age, and White. Body cleansing, feminine hygiene, and menses management practices were examined. It was found that handwashing varied according to bodily involvement or specific feminine hygiene practices. Assorted menses management products were used for menses management and were used when the woman was not menstruating.

Author(s): 
Czerwinski, B. S.
Publication Title: 
Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing: JOGNN / NAACOG

OBJECTIVE: To examine variation in feminine hygiene practices as a function of increasing age. DESIGN: A nonexperimental, descriptive research design with study sample stratified by age. PARTICIPANTS: Women over 18 years of age. Of 713 women who completed and returned the feminine hygiene practices questionnaire, 180 were younger than 41 years, 171 were 41-48 years, 184 were 49-57 years, and 178 were 58 years or older. All participants were members of a California professional home economics organization.

Author(s): 
Czerwinski, B. S.
Publication Title: 
WMJ: official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin

BACKGROUND: Rhinosinusitis is a common, expensive disorder with a significant impact on patients' quality of life. Chronic sinus symptoms are associated with allergic rhinitis, asthma, and nasal polyposis. Saline nasal irrigation is an adjunctive therapy for rhinosinusitis and sinus symptoms. Prior studies suggest that hypertonic saline nasal irrigation (HSNI) may be effective for symptoms associated with allergy, asthma, and nasal polyposis.

Author(s): 
Rabago, David
Guerard, Emily
Bukstein, Don
Publication Title: 
WMJ: official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin

CONTEXT: Upper respiratory conditions are common and have a significant impact on patient quality of life, medical resource expenditure, and antibiotic use. Saline nasal irrigation (SNI) is an adjunctive therapy for upper respiratory conditions; clinical studies suggest that use of SNI may be effective for symptoms of upper respiratory conditions, and its popularity seems to be growing. The prescribing patterns of physicians regarding SNI have not yet been studied.

Author(s): 
Rabago, David
Zgierska, Aleksandra
Peppard, Paul
Bamber, Amy
Publication Title: 
American Family Physician

Saline nasal irrigation is an adjunctive therapy for upper respiratory conditions that bathes the nasal cavity with spray or liquid saline. Nasal irrigation with liquid saline is used to manage symptoms associated with chronic rhinosinusitis. Less conclusive evidence supports the use of spray and liquid saline nasal irrigation to manage symptoms of mild to moderate allergic rhinitis and acute upper respiratory tract infections. Consensus guidelines recommend saline nasal irrigation as a treatment for a variety of other conditions, including rhinitis of pregnancy and acute rhinosinusitis.

Author(s): 
Rabago, David
Zgierska, Aleksandra
Publication Title: 
Stomatologie der DDR

Oral irrigation is an approved procedure in periodontal prophylaxis and therapy. The author describes a portable oral irrigator and explains its design principle and working. By using new constructional elements (such as the swirl nozzle at the front of the mouthpiece) and by impulsing individually the flow of liquid via solenoid valves which are controlled by timing components, it is possible to improve the cleansing effect as well as the massage effect (in the sense of an activation of the peripheral blood-supply to the periodontium).

Author(s): 
Fassauer, H. M.

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