Why Is There No Toilet Aid In A Hip Kit? November 18 2015

According to the CDC, in 2010 there were a total of 332,000 hip replacement surgeries and then in 2012 for the patient’s age 65-84 there were 101,645 hip replacements performed. By 2030 the demand for primary and revision hip replacement is projected to more than double. (1) 

Recovering from hip surgery, patients are required to follow their doctor care instructions for example

“Do not bend over at your hip...Do not flex your hip more than 90 degrees”.(2)  

They are then prescribed or recommended to purchase a “hip kit” to help then with daily living tasks such as dressing, reaching, putting on socks, bathing, and putting on shoes. However, there is nothing in the kit to help with toileting. 

  What is a “hip kit” ?

A hip kit is a kit that includes multiple assistive devices that are recommended by therapists and doctors after surgery to help with daily living tasks.  The adaptive equipment included in the kit is the following

  1. Dressing Stick – is a 24'' long stick with a hook to assist in putting on jackets and shirts. The other end also has a hook to help with pulling up zippers and shoelace loops. 
  2. Reacher – can vary in size, usually 24'' in length and with jaws on one end to provide a tight grip on items such as clothing or other items. 
  3. Round Bath Scrubber - can vary in design, it is a long plastic handle with a sponge on one end. 
  4. Shoe Horn With T Handle - 19.5'' in length, has an unique "T" shape and one end that allows the wrist to remain in a neutral position and eliminates the need to rotate  the wrist while putting on shoes. 
  5. Sock and Stocking Aid - can vary in design, it has 29'' long straps that are attached to a strong mold plastic insert that bends with the contours of the foot and heel to aid in putting on socks and stockings without the need to bend. 

However, there is no toilet aid found in a hip kit. Did you know that the average person goes to the bathroom 6 times a day. Let's help people who need hip surgery keep their dignity and independence with toileting by offering them a toilet aid to help them not feel embarrassed about taking care of their personal hygiene. 

Adding a toilet aid to the hip kit would help with:

  1. Reducing the stress for people who need hip surgery to take care of their personal hygiene after surgery.
  2. Improving infection control 
  3. Patients could heal faster with an assistive device that would help with following doctor’s care instructions of not flexing their hip more than 90 degrees.
  4. Reduce hospital stay because they would be able to take care of their own personal hygiene

Do you think there should be a bathroom aid in a hip kit? Answer Below!

1. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db210.htm 
2. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/ext/Dcmnt?ncid=520733880