Tagged with 'intermittent catheters'

How To Increase Catheter Comfort

When some individuals think of the word "catheter," oftentimes they associate it with pain. However, catheterization can and should be a comfortable solution for emptying your bladder. If you are experiencing any discomfort when inserting your urinary catheter, there are a few easy tips that you can implement to reduce discomfort.1. Picking the Right Type of Catheter

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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.

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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Risks Associated with Catheter Usage (And How to Prevent Them)

Risks Associated with Catheter Usage (And How to Prevent Them)

Catheter usage is increasing quickly whether during a hospital stay or for daily, at-home use. Along with this increased usage of catheters comes an increase in the risks that a user is subject to. As you may be aware, there are several different types of catheters with indwelling, external, and intermittent being among the most popular types. If you are a frequent user of an indwelling catheter, you may be most vulnerable to developing potential complications due to your catheter usage.

Indwelling catheters also commonly referred to as a Foley catheter, are catheters that remain in the bladder for a period of time. These catheters are typically used in patients that are sedated, comatose, those with incontinence issue, or patients with an enlarged prostate. Indwelling catheters allow urine to drain from the bladder into a urinary drainage bag which is changed frequently by the patient or doctor.

Indwelling Catheter

Due to the prolonged period of time that an indwelling catheter is inside the bladder, several risks are possible.
  • Bladder stones
  • Allergic reactions to catheter material (typically latex)
  • Injury to the urethra
  • Urinary tract infections

Probably the most common of these complications are urinary tract infections (UTI’s).  According to a Healthline.com article, “Indwelling catheters are the leading cause of healthcare-associated urinary tract infections.” The first step in preventing UTI’s associated with catheter usage is to identify the infection. The article goes on to list the most common symptoms associated with urinary tract infections:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Burning of the urethra or genital area
  • Low back pain and aches
  • Blood in the urine
  • Leaking of urine out of the catheter

Once identified, you should notify your doctor of your symptoms so the infection can be properly treated. If left untreated, UTI’s can result in permanent kidney and bladder damage and even death in older adults.

With proper care of your indwelling catheter, urinary tract infections and other complications associated with catheter usage can be prevented.
  • Use soap and water to clean around the catheter opening daily
  • Clean the catheter daily
  • Drinking the recommended amount of water daily will aide in preventing UTI’s associated with catheter usage
  • Empty your drainage bag when it becomes full and prior to going to sleep each night
  • Properly clean your drainage bag with a mixture of vinegar and water before another usage
  • Keep your drainage bag positioned lower than your bladder at all times to prevent urine from going back into your bladder
  • Wash your hands before touching your catheter or catheter opening

Along with proper care of your catheter, you should also ensure that you are utilizing quality catheters. Aeroflow Healthcare proudly offers catheters and catheter supplies from all of the top brands including Hollister, Bard, Rochester, and Teleflex. You may also qualify for catheters through your insurance. Let Aeroflow Healthcare take the hassle out of qualifying for your catheters; simply fill out the Equipment Through Insurance form and let our Customer Service Representatives take care of the rest. If you have questions regarding catheters or your insurance, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call at 844.276.5588.

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.