What is Urinary Catheter?

Category: Equipment

Most Popular Types: Foley Catheter, Suprapubic Catheter, Condom Catheter, (Show all)


See also: Self Catheterization

A urinary catheter is a tube used to drain urine. The type of catheter used depends on the patient's needs. It can be inserted through the urethera into the bladder or inserted directly into the bladder. External condom catheters are another option for male patients.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Urinary Catheter

Hospitalization 27
UTI symptoms 3
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 3
Hospitalization 2
Pain 2
Bladder infection 1

Show all 19 reported side effects


Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Other 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 4
See all 21 patients who’ve stopped using Urinary Catheter


How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Urinary Catheter
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 24
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 7
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 4
27 79%
6 18%
1 3%
0 0%
6 18%
10 29%
A little
7 21%
Not at all
11 32%
Cost per month
2 12%
0 0%
0 0%
5 29%
< $25
10 59%
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6 patient evaluations for Urinary Catheter

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:

See Rachael's full Urinary Catheter history

Jul 29, 2012 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I decided to have a supra pubic catheter insertion because I couldn't get from my chair or bed to the toilet via hoist, in time. Nappy pads left me sore and anyway, I enjoy going out for ooh, hours on end. I don't want to be tied to within pissing distance of my hoist! it's sore I find myself prone to UTIs and infection of the stoma site. It necessitates more care regimes and faffing about but it gives me freedom and that makes it worthwhile

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:

See Ziz's full Urinary Catheter history

Jan 15, 2012 (Started Oct 15, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 34
Condition: Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2I 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Severe
I am: g
I have:
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2I

See Thomas_Belgium's full Urinary Catheter history

Nov 5, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Beware of skin problems. I wear a diaper or pad together with the condom catheter in case the condom catheter leaks. It gives me freedom and I don't have to worry about finding an accessible toilet in time, less stress.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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