My name is Mason Ellis. I was involved in a car accident during my senior year of high school, which rendered me quadriplegic with a C5 spinal cord injury. You can read more about my story here. Since then, I have been actively working on beating my spinal cord injury every day.
It’s my goal to use my experience to help and inspire others. I like to peer-mentor and volunteer when I can, and one of my primary ways of reaching out to others with spinal cord injuries is through my YouTube channel. My wide variety of original videos include educational information about quadriplegia, including what tenodesis is and why quadriplegics sometimes experience spasms, as well as helpful how-to videos like dressing yourself as a quadriplegic.
Self-Cathing After a Spinal Cord Injury
After a spinal cord injury, catheterizing may be a necessity, depending on your level of injury. Using intermittent catheters can keep your bladder from over-filling and prevent leakage. However, self-cathing can be difficult if you are a quadriplegic with poor hand dexterity.
When I was first injured as a C5 quadriplegic, I was unable to self-cath until about a year after my injury. That’s when 180 Medical introduced me to the MTG EZ-Gripper® closed system catheter.
Another helpful product I recently discovered that can help quadriplegics and others with limited hand dexterity with the process of catheterization is the MTG Eagle™ Board. The Eagle™ Board, manufactured by MTG (Medical Technologies of Georgia), was created to help catheter-users with low or limited dexterity perform self-catheterization on their own.
This adaptive cathing board, pictured below, is designed to be used with the MTG EZ-Gripper® closed system catheter and works to help with inserting your catheter into the bladder.
MTG Eagle™ Board’s Features
The MTG Eagle™ Board has many features that can help male catheter-users who live with poor hand dexterity, whether due to a spinal cord injury or another condition like transverse myelitis or spina bifida.
The MTG Eagle™ Board’s unique features include:
The adjustable wings on the bottom of the Eagle Board allow it to rest comfortably between your thighs at just the right angle so your urine will flow easily into your closed system catheter bag.
The adjustable pants hook holds your pants down for you, which frees your hands and makes catheterizing much easier.
There are two thumb or finger holes near the top of the Eagle Board that allow you to easily maneuver it between your legs or pick it up with minimal effort.
The housing clip works to lock the catheter down to the Eagle Board securely, leaving your hands free.
The magnetic penile lever sets the penis in place for inserting the catheter tube.
The foam pads are used to keep soft contact against your skin and can be adjusted for different body types and even replaced if worn down after many uses.
The Allen screws are used to tighten the adjustable wings, which keeps the board at the proper angle for inserting the catheter tube.
Convenient for those with latex allergies.
Convenient Size & Design
The Eagle Board is also small and compact enough that you can carry it in a backpack or briefcase with ease wherever you go. If you get it dirty, it’s easy to wash off and dry or wipe down with an antibacterial wipe, so you can reuse it every time you self-cath.
How to Use the MTG Eagle™ Board
Take a look at my full video explaining how to use the MTG Eagle™ Board to get closer look at the size and shape of this helpful adaptive cathing accessory. I discuss and point out each of its features and give you a step-by-step tutorial of how to use the Eagle™ Board as a part of your cathing routine.
I have found that the MTG Eagle™ Board allows for easy catheter insertion because it provides a flat surface to press the catheter against.
If you are newly injured or cannot self-catheterize due to limited hand dexterity, the MTG Eagle™ Board may be a great place to start in order to gain back some of your independence and health! The Eagle™ Board Kit from MTG includes the board, a penile sizing guide, additional foam pads, an Allen wrench, and a carry bag for your convenience.
For more information about how to cath, 180 Medical’s catheter specialists are ready to help you find the right catheter for your needs and can walk you through the catheterization process, step by step. They also provide handy cathing instructions online for men, women, and children, and they can put an instructional DVD and full-color booklet in your order as well.
All pictures of the MTG Eagle™ Board have been provided courtesy of MTG. You can find more information about this product at their website.