The Importance of Urinary Healthcare

ID-100211917If you require a catheter, due to illness or physical requirements, it is important to understand the basics of urinary healthcare. Infections can be caused by bacteria from poor hygiene practices and can lead to more serious health problems if not treated correctly.

 

Millions of people across the world use catheters on a regular basis and many choose to fit their own, in the comfort of their own at home, without any additional assistance. This can save time and reduce the number of costly hospital appointments and so it is often worth learning how to do it at home. There are a variety of Bard catheters to suit any medical need and many can be bought online for this purpose.

 

Cleaning

If you are buying your catheters for use at home then the first thing you must ensure is that the room you are using is clean and hygienic. Most people use either their bathroom or bedroom as a safe, comfortable place to insert their catheter in peace but it is very important that the area is thoroughly cleaned beforehand as disease is easily spread across surfaces. Antibacterial hand wash is your best friend when it comes to keeping things clean and you should always wash your hands thoroughly before touching any catheter equipment.

 

Sterile

Any catheter kit you buy, whether it is online or from a store, must be properly sealed and sterilized when you buy it. Any kits that arrive at your house with ripped packaging, damaged equipment or visible dirt should be returned immediately and certainly should never be used. Always ensure you wear sterile latex gloves when handling any of the catheter equipment and remember to always follow the instructions. You should never use additional products such as soaps or gels, unless they came with your catheter kit or have been specially recommended by your healthcare practitioner.

 

Infection

Because of the nature of catheters, people who use them are more at risk of infections, especially urinary tract infections. To minimise the risk, maintaining good hygiene practices and cleaning with antibacterial products is the very minimum that you can do. Those who use catheters for long periods of time are more prone to infection than those who use them intermittently and so you should always keep an eye out for the symptoms of an infection:

 

  • cloudy urine
  • feeling the need to urinate more often than normal
  • pain, discomfort or irritation when urinating
  • urgent need to go to the toilet or you find it harder to hold
  • urine with a particularly strong or unpleasant smell
  • blood in your urine
  • pain in your abdomen
  • tenderness around your pelvis
  • sudden back pain

 

If you have noticed any of these symptoms whilst using a catheter, seek medical advice as soon as possible. Additionally, if you are caring for someone who uses a catheter, make sure you check regularly for any signs of discomfort or pain. Spotting the signs of infection early can mean the world of difference and can save you from more serious problems developing as a result.

 

Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason

 

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