Patients adjusting to using catheters always have a difficult period of adjustment ahead of them. While following a strict catheter regiment can massively improve quality of life, it can also create its own unique challenges. Thankfully, recent advances in urological technology have simplifies catheter use and lessened many of the complications that can arise for patients and their caregivers. Patients utilizing intermittent catheters should be well informed of the latest and most advanced catheter coatings and their uses.
The Importance of Catheter Coatings
Ease of insertion can be one of the main challenges to appropriate catheter use. Patients can experience some discomfort and other complications, particularly with more outdated catheter coatings technology like red rubber catheters. To this end, many leading catheter manufacturers such as Coloplast and Cure have created their own respective lines of hydrophilic catheters. Hydrophilic catheters are lubricated with a coating, which when mixed with sterile water, more closely mimicking our body’s own natural fluids. This produces greater ease of insertion, helping encourage patients to change out their catheter as often as possible, leading to greater compliance with catheter treatment. These advanced catheter coatings has proven to increase positive clinical outcomes for most intermittent catheter users.
Another challenge of catheter use is practicing proper sanitation to minimize the risks of infection, rashes, and other uncomfortable or dangerous complications. One of the primary examples of uncleanly problems from catheter use actually arises, not from the catheter itself, but from improper sanitation of the skin and body in the area around the catheter. Since replacing catheters can introduce dirt and bacteria into your body, it is very important to thoroughly sterilize the area around the catheter at every possible opportunity. Frequent hand washing with mild soap and warm water is the first line of defense. By keeping hands clean, the sterility of new catheters can be preserved before they are inserted, keeping bacteria and dirt out of the body. It is also important to always lean toward the catheter, not toward your body, as this can direct bacteria and dirt toward sensitive and exposed parts of the body.
However, practicing proper cleanliness can be hard for patients with limited dexterity, patients in wheelchairs, or patients who must frequently catheterize in public restrooms. To this end manufacturers such as Bard have created products like their Magic3 line of antibacterial catheters. An antibacterial catheter coating can provide an additional layer of security. This catheter coating contains an antimicrobial agent, which can prevent and even kill bacteria inside the urethra, even when traditional sanitation is compromised. While not a substitute for good hygiene practices, this advanced catheter coating can reduce patient complications due to catheter sanitation.
By working with an experienced durable medical equipment provider like Aeroflow Healthcare, you can be sure that both patients and their caregivers will have access to the best and most advanced urological products on the market. Your insurance may even cover the cost of your supplies; find our if you qualify by filling out the Qualify Through Insurance form. Choosing the right catheter for each patient’s personal use is just as important as the catheter itself. If you or a loved one use urinary catheters, do not delay, call Aeroflow Healthcare today to speak to our knowledgeable representatives 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.