Unicare is the new addition to the pelvic floor exercisers from TensCare. Similar to our other units, Unicare helps with stress, urge and mixed incontinence – what makes it stand out is a new programme designed to provide drug-free relief from secondary menstrual pain.
Our pelvic floor exercisers are designed to become a long-term solution. By sending a tiny electrical current to the nerves in the area, the Pelvic Floor Muscles are stimulated to contract which over time may strengthen the muscles helping with incontinence issue and may even enhance sexual well being.
With Unicare being a new generation device among our other pelvic floor exercisers, it has a total of five programmes to offer. Three programmes cover each type of incontinence, one is designed specifically for toning the pelvic floor muscle, and the final one providing menstrual pain relief.
The TensCare Unicare provides relief from conditions such as:
Urinary and faecal incontinence:including stress, urge & mixed as well as post prostatectomy urinary incontinence in men. Additionally, it may help improve intimacy by toning the pelvic floor muscles
Pelvic pain:Primary dysmenorrhea and Secondary dysmenorrhea due to conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Unicare isn’t a women-only device and can be used for anal stimulation too. Not only does this help with faecel incontinence but can also assist in recovery from some causes of Erectile Dysfunction.
If you are in any doubt about any of these warnings please consult your medical adviser.
Do NOT use if you are or may be pregnant. It is not known whether 16 TENS may affect foetal development.
Do NOT use with optional electrode pads if you have a pacemaker (or if you have a heart rhythm problem) or with any electronic medical devices. Using this unit with electronic medical devices may cause erroneous operation of the device. Stimulation in the direct vicinity of an implanted device may affect some models.
Do NOT use following a pelvic surgery or vaginal childbirth until you are fully healed. Stimulation may disrupt the healing process.
Do NOT use if you have symptoms of active urinary tract infection, vaginal infections, or localized lesions. Introducing the probe may irritate sensitive tissue.
Do NOT use if you have poor sensation in the pelvic region. You may not be able to control the intensity of stimulation safely.
Do NOT use Unicare on any area of the body not specified in these instructions for use. Use on the chest or neck may affect heart or implanted devices and may affect epileptic seizure threshold. May also affect body worn monitoring devices.
Do NOT use if you are unable to properly insert the vaginal or anal probe. If you have a severe prolapse, or if any discomfort occurs when inserting the probe, consult your healthcare professional before use.
Do NOT use when driving, operating machinery, or similar actions needing muscular control. Loose electrode pads, damaged leads, or sudden changes in contact may cause brief involuntary muscle movements.
Do NOT use to mask or relieve undiagnosed pain. This may delay diagnosis of a progressive condition.
Do NOT use if you have, in the area being treated: active or suspected cancer or undiagnosed pain with a history of cancer. Stimulation directly through a confirmed or suspected malignancy should be avoided as it may stimulate growth and promote spread of cancer cells.
Do NOT use electrodes near the thorax as this may increase the risk of cardiac fibrillation.
Do NOT use optional electrodes on the front of the neck. Stimulation on the front of the neck can affect your heart rate or cause contraction of the throat.
Do NOT use optional electrodes across the chest. Very strong stimulation across the chest may cause an extra heartbeat.
Do NOT use Unicare while simultaneously connected to high frequency surgical equipment as it may result in burns at the site of 17 stimulator electrodes and possible damage to the stimulator.
Do NOT use Unicare in close proximity (e.g. 1 m) to a shortwave or microwave as this may produce instability in the stimulator output
Do NOT connect Unicare with devices not described in this instruction manual.
Do NOT use any charger other than the one supplied. Use of other chargers could be hazardous.
Do NOT use the device whilst charging.
Caution should be used if you have a bleeding disorder as stimulation may increase blood flow to the stimulated region.
Caution should be used if you have suspected or diagnosed epilepsy as electrical stimulation may affect seizure threshold.
Caution should be observed when using the device at the same time as being connected to monitoring equipment with body worn electrode pads. It may interfere with the signals being monitored.
Do not permit use by persons unable to understand the instructions or persons with cognitive disabilities, i.e.; Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Insertion of the vaginal or anal electrode makes it unsuitable for use in children without clinical supervision.
Keep away from children under 5 years of age. Long cord - risk of strangulation in infants.
Caution should be observed when using the Unicare at high strength settings. Prolonged use at high settings may cause muscle injury or tissue inflammation.
There are no user serviceable parts. No modification of this equipment is allowed.
No serious or long-term adverse effects have been reported. Mild adverse reactions are very rarely reported, but these have included muscular pain and cramps, vaginal tenderness, irritation and bleeding, mild or short-term urge or faecal incontinence, and tingling sensation in legs. If you experience any of these, stop use immediately. When symptoms have gone, try resuming at a lower intensity setting.
The Unicare vaginal probe is intended for single patient use only. Do not share your Unicare probe with anyone else. Improper treatment or cross-infection may occur.
It is important that the vaginal probe is cleaned after each use. Ineffective cleaning may lead to irritation or infection.
Never insert or remove vaginal probe unless the control unit is powered OFF as insertion or removal when stimulation is active may cause discomfort or tissue irritation.
If tissue irritation occurs, discontinue treatment immediately. Ask your healthcare professional for advice before continuing further treatment to prevent injury.
Do not use a silicone based lubricant on the metal plates of the probe as it may decrease the effectiveness of Unicare’s muscle stimulation.
The stainless steel in the probe’s metal plates contain some Nickel. This could cause a reaction if you have a Nickel allergy. Alternative gold probe specially made without Nickel is available.
Do not use this device with vaginal probe or anal probe other than those recommended by the manufacturer. Electrodes with smaller surface area may cause tissue irritation.
DO NOT PLACE ELECTRODE PADS:
On skin, which does not have normal sensation. If the skin is numb too great a strength may be used, which could result in skin inflammation.
On broken skin. The electrode pads could encourage infection.
On the front of the neck. This could cause the airway to close, giving breathing problems. May cause sudden drop in blood pressure (vasovagal response).
Over the eyes. May affect eyesight or cause headaches.
ELECTRODE PADS CAUTION:
Do not ignore any allergic reaction to the electrode pads: If a skin irritation develops, stop using TENS, as this type of electrodes may not be suitable for you. Alternative electrode pads specially made for sensitive skin are available.
Do not use this device with leads or electrode pads other than those recommended by the manufacturer. Performance may vary from specification. Electrodes with smaller surface area may cause tissue irritation.
ELECTRODE PADS ADVICE:
The electrode pads supplied are reusable but for single patient use. The adhesive is a peelable hydrogel (water based).
In order to obtain the best conductivity through the electrode pads always ensure that they are in good condition and tacky.
Before use make sure your skin is clean and dry.
Peel the electrode pads from their protective plastic shield by holding and lifting one corner of the pad and pulling. Do not pull on the pigtail wire of the pad.
After use always replace the electrode pads on the plastic liner and replace them in the re-sealable plastic bag.
If the electrode pads dry out, then it is best to buy a replacement pack. In an emergency, it may be possible to restore some of the tackiness of the pad by adding a tiny drop of water on each pad and spreading around. If too much water is added, the electrode pad will become too soft. If that happens then it is suggested in order to try and re-establish some adhesiveness, to place them sticky side up in a refrigerator for a few hours.
In very hot weather the gel on the electrode pads may become soft. In such cases place them, still on their plastic liners and in their pouch into a fridge until they return to their normal condition.
The electrode pads provided are latex-free.
Replace the electrode pads when they lose their stickiness. Poor connection may cause discomfort and skin irritation.
Storage life of an unopened pack of electrode pads is 2 years. This may be affected by very high temperatures or very low humidity.
The operator should pay special attention when using the device at frequencies above a level of 24 (24 mA application).
TO KEEP YOUR DEVICE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER, OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL CAUTIONS:
Do not immerse your device in water or place it close to excessive heat such as a fireplace or radiant heater or sources of high humidity such as a nebulizer or kettle as this may cause it to cease to operate correctly.
Keep the device away from sunlight, as long-term exposure to sunlight may affect the rubber causing it to become less elastic and crack.
Keep the device away from lint and dust, as long-term exposure to lint or dust may affect the sockets or cause the battery connector to develop a bad contact.
Temperature & Relative Humidity of storage: -10°C–+45°C (≤ 3 months), 45%--75% R.H. Temperature & Relative Humidity of transportation: -10°C–+60°C, 45%-- 75% R.H.
Do not attempt to open or modify the TENS unit. This may affect the safe operation of the unit and will invalidate the warranty.