- Only use a catheter when recommended by your doctor and with proper training – Even though they are frequently used in the home environment, catheters are medical devices and must be used carefully. Only use a catheter when your doctor has recommended it. If your doctor recommends that you discontinue, do not keep using it. Most importantly, catheters should be inserted only by those with the proper training, which means that you will need assistance with them until you have been properly taught. The good news is that you can be shown by the nurse or doctor and can learn how to cath very quickly.
- Make sure you're choosing the right product – No brand is exactly like another. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on what sort of catheter is most appropriate for your particular needs. 180 Medical carries a wide selection of intermittent catheters from all of the most quality brands on the market today, and Rusch also has a varied line of catheters to give plenty of options. This is good to know, because not every product is going to work for everyone and their specific needs. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on what sort of catheter is appropriate in your particular case. You will also want to get the correct length of catheter, which will be based on whether you are male or female, and the dimensions of your particular body. Females may sometimes prefer male length for more room to grip the catheter, which is also perfectly fine.
- Ensure proper insertion – All intermittent catheters are sterile and in packaging, but you may want to clean the area surrounding your urethra to minimize the amount of bacteria and lessen the risk of infection. Depending on the type of catheter you get, you may need to lubricate it for the smoothest insertion. Regular straight catheters may require this, while pre-lubricated, closed system, and hydrophilic catheters will not. Without lubrication, insertion can be painful and even cause damage and irritation to your urethra. This also increases the risk of infection, so having a properly lubricated catheter is a must. After the bladder has been emptied, the catheter should be removed, thrown away, and the area cleaned again. You should always wash your hands thoroughly both before and after the catheterization process.
If you have any other questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or contact us at 180 Medical! We have the expertise to help you find the right catheter for your needs!