Catheters

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs within a part of the urinary system such as the kidneys, bladder, ureters, or urethra. Individuals using catheters have an increased chance of developing UTIs because of the increased possibility of bacteria entering the urethra during insertion.

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How To Insert a Catheter as a Woman

A common fear most people experience after a bladder dysfunction diagnosis is will I be able to cath myself? Fortunately, we have an expert is who is willing to share her experience learning to use a catheter.  Trudy Triumph is a blog from JoAnne Lake sharing her knowledge and support about neurogenic bladder and bowel. Her goal is to enable other women to release embarrassment and reclaim their lives.

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10 Tips From the Playground That Help When Coping with an Embarrassing Disability


10 Lessons about Incontinence from Trudy Triumph


Hi, Aeroflow family! Allow me to introduce myself. I blog at Trudy Triumph and I have written a book titled Beyond Embarrassment: Reclaiming your Life with Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel.

I have neurogenic bladder and bowel and use a catheter about 6 times a day and my bowel sometimes gets me into trouble. I hope that the tips I write will give you comfort.

I learned these 10 important lessons.



  1. If I fell on the playground and my mouth bled, few noticed unless I screamed loud. This blog is my scream-loud tactic.
  2. Even if kids saw my scabby lip, they didn’t care.  Now I keep quiet about my medical condition unless someone shows interest.
  3. If a kid tried to push me and I could get away with it, I pushed backNow think about this folks, writing a book about personal bowel and bladder dysfunction is a set up for a big put down by the prim and proper folks. Trudy Triumph and Beyond Embarrassment are my written push back attempts. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THIS! 
  4. My friends did not care until I gave them a reason to care. When my friend Adrian and I ran for Sargent-at-Arms, we won because candy helpedThis blog and the book I wrote is your gift from me, like the candy, and hopefully your gift to others as well.
  5. To get a friend, you need to be a friend. Friends pass the day very well indeed.
  6. Scabbed lips make good school pictures. I am forever grateful that I had a mom who celebrated my imperfections. I was raised to not run away from the painful.
  7. It does not pay to lie, you get caught anyway. I had to decide early on who I was writing for. Patients are my target audience. Sometimes I write about things that perhaps the medical profession would not like. That is ok because I am a single person and this blog is a voice of a patient, not a “paid to sell” or a tactic to sway you a way I would not go myself.
  8. When I bragged few cared. But if I was real, I was shown empathyThis one needs no explanation.
  9. If a kid is stinky, the bullying satisfaction only lasts a short time. Bullies grow up to have problems of their own.
  10. It made no sense to try to please the popular girl because she was not my friend anyway. Do you know the most popular nonfiction books are cookbooks? I hate to cook. Right now, you are my friends because we are interested in this topic. I feel fulfilled doing this, popular or not.

Beyond Embarrassment has been recognized as a “very powerful and important book . . . an impressive achievement” by Jonathan Kirsch, Attorney.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

The New Cure Ultra Catheter for Men



The brand new Cure Ultra pre-lubricated catheter is a great option for men who need a comfortable and reliable catheter option. The Cure Ultra catheter offers all the convenience of a pre-lubricated catheter without any of the mess. This ready-to-use device is easy to apply and won’t kink if accidentally bent.

CoverAll Application, Easy to Use


Care offers a specialized CoverAll application process that allows for even distribution of lubricant over the catheter right before application so you won’t have to worry about any resistance when you self-cath.  The specialized gel used in the lubrication process weighs much less than the water lubricant on most catheters. A unique gripper on the catheter prevents slips and makes it easier to use.

The Cure Ultra catheter offers a lighter and easier system for those with limited dexterity and is a great option for anyone who needs a reliable catheter system. You can also rest easy knowing that your catheter does not contain any trace of BPA or DEHP. Cure catheters are made without the use of natural rubber latex, as well.

The new Cure Ultra has a ton of great features, including:
  • Sizes 8 FR - 18 FR
  • CoverAll application technology
  • No kinks when bent
  • High quality material
  • Smooth, polished eyelets
  • Pre-lubricated tip for increased comfort
  • ‘No Roll’ connector end to increase confidence when draining
  • DEHP, BPA free, made without natural rubber latex
  • Easy-open package is small and flexible

Discreet Delivery, Low Cost


Aeroflow now offers the Cure Ultra at a super affordable cost with subscription options and discreet, fast delivery. See if you qualify for catheter supplies today by filling out our quick and easy qualify through insurance form.

An added benefit of purchasing a Cure brand catheter is that a portion of all proceeds work to support research in pursuit of a cure for SCI and CNS/D. To learn more about self-catheterization using the Cure Ultra, read this helpful guide.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

What Does Medicare Cover For Catheters?

With Medicare’s ever-changing guidelines for coverage and reimbursement, people often have trouble knowing the specifics of what is covered through their Medicare plan. This is particularly evident in continence care products, given the wide variety of catheters available. Whether you need an intermittent catheter, an external catheter, or a Foley catheter, Aeroflow Urology can assist you with all of your continence care needs.

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What Causes Urinary Incontinence?



Currently, over 25 million people in North America experience urinary incontinence and it affects seniors more often. 50-84% of the elderly in long-term care facilities live with incontinence. Not being able to control your bladder or go to the bathroom when you want is frustrating.

It is important to understand what causes urinary incontinence. Many health-related factors contribute to urinary incontinence such as age and medical history. Knowing what causes this issue is the first step in treating it.

Urinary Incontinence Causes


Age


As you get older, your body changes and along with those changes, your bladder also changes. Bladder muscles change over time, which in turn decreases the bladders capacity to hold urine. It is inevitable, the older you get, the more likely you are to become incontinent. If you suffer from age related urinary incontinence, call your doctor to talk about what solutions are available.
  • Dementia: Early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia causes a person to experience incontinence issues. Due to the fact someone with dementia may not realize they need to go to the bathroom, urinary incontinence occurs.
  • Alzheimer’s: A person with Alzheimer’s usually does not have control over their bladder function that causes urinary incontinence.

Health


Health related factors are a huge contributor to incontinence. From prostate issues to menopause, urinary issues become overwhelming if you don’t know what is causing the problem.
  • Urinary tract infection: Sometimes something as minor as a urinary tract infection can irritate your bladder and lead to incontinence issues such as light bladder leakage. Because your bladder is irritated, you may have a strong urge to “go” and not control the flow.
  • Constipation: A lot of people do not understand that constipation causes urinary incontinence. Because the rectum sits near the bladder and shares some of the same nerves, hard, compacted stools increase the probability of incontinence.
  • Prostate: The prostate is a walnut-size gland that sits between the penis and bladder. When men usually developed issues with their prostates glands such as an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, urinary issues occur.
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth: During pregnancy and childbirth a lot of stress is placed on the bladder creating weak muscles or bladder stress leading to incontinence.
  • Menopause and Hysterectomy: When a woman goes through menopause the production of less estrogen causes deterioration in the lining of the bladder and urethra. When these tissues are damaged, urinary incontinence occurs such as light bladder leakage. Also, women who have hysterectomies are prone to urinary incontinence due to hormonal changes along with muscle and ligament damage.
  • Obstruction: Any obstruction such as a kidney stone that blocks the normal flow of urine through the urinary tract can cause incontinence.
  • Neurological disorders: Your body revolves around nerves that send signals to your bladder. However, if you suffer a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, those signals get blocked. When neurological disorders interfere with nerve signals involved in bladder control, urinary incontinence occurs.

The causes of incontinence vary from a simple bladder infection to more serious issues. Regardless of the cause, always consult your doctor before self-treatment. Your urinary incontinence supplies may be covered by insurance. To see if your insurance covers the cost, complete the Qualify Through Insurance form and a representative will do all the paperwork for you!

Different Types of Catheters


Types of Catheters


The thought of having to use a catheter for urinary incontinence strikes fear in many people. However, knowing the different types of catheters can put your mind at ease. Often times your healthcare provider will be able to recommend the type of catheter they think would work best for you, however it is definitely a good idea to have a basic understanding of catheters when talking to your doctor about them.

Indwelling


Doctors may recommend the use of an indwelling catheter after an incontinence diagnosis. Knowing the specifics helps you understand what an indwelling catheter is for and how to use an indwelling catheter. An indwelling catheter, also known as a Foley catheter, is inserted into the bladder and allowed to remain in the bladder for a specific amount of time. This type of catheter has a balloon attached at one end and once inserted into the bladder is filled with sterile water preventing the catheter from leaving the bladder.

External


Depending on the type of incontinence, your doctor may recommend an external catheter. This catheter is used to treat male urinary incontinence. An external catheter, commonly known as a condom catheter, is geared specifically toward men. These types of catheters consist of a flexible sheath that directly slips over the penis and held in place by adhesive.

Single-use


For people who suffer from urinary retention or unable to empty their bladder, a single-use or intermittent catheter solves the problem. A variety of single-use catheters are available.
  • Non-coated: Traditional single-use or intermittent catheters, non-coated catheters can be coated with a lubricant jelly or dipped in water depending on a person’s preference.
  • Coated: Coated catheters have a hydrophilic coating, activated by soaking the catheter in water for around 30 seconds before use which forms a slippery layer designed to ease catheterization.
  • Pre-lubricated: Pre-lubricated catheters are pre-packed with water-soluble gel coating and come ready to use.

When choosing the right single-use catheter, talk with your doctor. Your health insurance may also cover the expense of your incontinence supplies.

Catheter selection based on knowledge instead of speculation is vital to your urinary health. Knowing what types are available and how to use certain types will keep you from getting serious infections such as a urinary tract infection or bladder infection. Using the wrong catheter or inserting it incorrectly creates additional health issues. However, with enough information, you can avoid a trip to the emergency room or the urologist.

Additionally, talk with your doctor about the different types of catheters available to ensure you receive the right catheter for your incontinence needs. Every situation is different and knowing which catheter to use can quell your fears. If your doctor recommends the use of a catheter, be prepared to research various catheterization methods and ask your doctor the right questions about various catheters.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

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Doctor's Appointment for Incontinence


Doctor's Appointment for Incontinence


According to the Mayo Clinic, “Urinary incontinence is a common and often embarrassing problem which affects a person’s daily life”.  Incontinence can affect a person of any age and any degree. From light bladder control to major bladder control issues, incontinence can take away your freedom. However, once you schedule your first doctor’s appointment, you will discover the problem and find a solution that fits your incontinence needs.

Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment


If you suffer from incontinence, the first thing you need to do is schedule a doctor’s appointment.  It is vital to understand what is going on with your bladder control if you experience any type of incontinence and the only way you will know is to go see a doctor. Self-diagnosis leaves you with unanswered questions and can be physically and emotionally harmful. According to the Urology Care Foundation, “Incontinence can affect your emotional, psychological and social life”. In order to get the proper diagnosis, contact a urologist to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to be ashamed or hide your problem. Currently, over 25 million people experience incontinence, so you are not alone. Talk to a doctor and get the facts.

Prepare for Your Appointment for Incontinence


Once you schedule a doctor’s appointment, you need to prepare. There are several ways to prepare for your first urologist appointment. Before your actual doctor’s appointment, you need to create a detailed medical history as well as a detailed list of current medications, including any over-the-counter medication. Secondly, make a list of your symptoms; such as, urgency, frequency, waking up from sleep to urinate, painful urination, or leakage. You will also want to write down any questions you may have for the doctor. The Mayo Clinic also suggests you have a friend or relative accompany you or take a notebook with you to write down any relevant information. It is also important to note, the doctor may want you to drink a lot of water the day of your appointment in order to have a full bladder. Just remember, you do not need to be apprehensive about going to the doctor if you are prepared.

7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor during Your Incontinence Appointment


The day of the doctor’s appointment, it is important to remember, there are no stupid questions. If you don’t ask, you won’t know what is wrong, so ask the doctor a few basic questions.

  1. What's the most likely cause of my symptoms? This question is the most important question to ask the doctor. If you suffer from incontinence, you want to know why and what is causing the problem.
  2. What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation? When you go to the doctor, it is probable you will have to have some type of test. From a urinalysis to a CAT scan, each procedure or test is different and may require special preparation.
  3. Is my urinary incontinence temporary? Incontinence may be temporary such as after having a baby. However, for many people it is a serious health issue and only a doctor can determine the severity.
  4. Are there different types of incontinence? Urinary incontinence can range from light bladder control to traumatic issues such as a severe injury or surgery. The importance of knowing the different types of incontinence can help you choose the right treatment.
  5. I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together? Other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure can affect incontinence. Discussing other health conditions with your doctor can help successfully manage your incontinence.
  6. What treatments are available? Once diagnosed with urinary incontinence, a plethora of treatments are available. Discussing the treatment options with the doctor can include what medications are available or the need for catheterization.
  7. Should I anticipate any side effects of the treatment? As with any type of treatment, you should anticipate side effects. Knowing potential side effects will lessen your chances of future health-related issues.

Discuss Your Options


Being informed about incontinence helps you decide the best option. Due to the variety of options available such as medication, exercise, or catheters, knowing all of the facts with the doctor provides the necessary information to make an informed decision.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

Coloplast Catheters


Coloplast Catheters


Choosing the right medical products is almost universally a daunting task for both patients and their caregivers. In choosing the right catheter for you or your loved ones, one brand, in particular, stands apart as one of the industry leaders in patient outcomes and product quality, and that is Coloplast catheters.

Hydrophilic Catheters


Coloplast is among the largest catheter manufacturers not only in the US, but in Europe as well. They were one of the pioneering creators of hydrophilic catheters. Because hydrophilic catheters have a pre-coated lubricant, you can easily insert a sterile catheter. While this newer technology is inherently slightly more expensive, it also decreases the likelihood of urethral damage and increases patient comfort, which can lead to increased adherence to a program of intermittent catheterization. Coloplast’s SpeediCath series of products is among the highest quality hydrophilic catheters on the market, with sizes ranging from female and pediatric, to male sizes in a variety of French sizes.

Compact, Discrete Catheters


One of the most popular products that Coloplast offers is their compact, discrete catheters for both males and females. While many catheters come in a traditional plastic sheath and can be up to 16” long, Coloplast compact discrete sets are constructed to look more like ink pens, mascara, lipstick, or other innocuous items.

For patients that travel often and must catheterize in public or workplace restrooms, these compact discrete sets can be a source of both convenience and dignity. Rather than women needing to fold over a long catheter in a larger purse, or men worrying about catheters sticking out of their pocket, you can easily conceal these convenient Coloplast catheters in almost any location.

The female compact Speedicath, for example, is smaller than a tube of lipstick, yet with a telescoping 6” catheter included. Likewise, the male compact Speedicath is the same size as a ballpoint pen, enabling men to conceal it in their shirt or pants pocket with no issues. Finally, the slightly larger Speedicath compact set includes a closed system urine collection bag, allowing for easy, sterile collection in any setting, decreasing the likelihood of UTI’s and other complications.

SpeediCath


Studies show that SpeediCath is preferred by users for its convenience, speed, and discretion. SpeediCath is the proven and reliable catheter that has set the standard for catheterization for almost 15 years. These Coloplast catheters are available in a variety of lengths and sizes to suit women, men, and children.

When dealing with complex medical conditions that require intermittent catheterization, patients, and their caregivers will want a brand that they can stand behind. Aeroflow Healthcare is proud to partner with Coloplast to offer their entire suite of medical products. Additionally, Aeroflow Healthcare has access to all major national catheter brands and products, allowing us to be your one-stop shop for all your urological needs. Our trained representatives can even contact you monthly or quarterly to assist with discrete resupply, directly to your home. If you or someone you know is using catheters, do not delay, contact Aeroflow Healthcare today at 844-276-5588 or fill out the qualification form.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.