What is Urinary Catheter?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Suprapubic Catheter Foley Catheter Condom Catheter Show all

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 55 26
Neurogenic bladder 33 23
Improve mobility 13 5
Urinary incontinence 7 5
Urinary retention 7 11

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 17
Moderate 20
Mild 17
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Urinary Catheter

Side effect Patients Percentage
Urinary tract infection 10
Urinary incontinence 6
Pain 3
Uncomfortable 2
Bladder pain 1
Bladder problems 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Urinary Catheter

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 15
five times daily 5
as needed 1
every other week 1
twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Urinary Catheter

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 8
Doctor's advice 7
Side effects too severe 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 5

Stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 64
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 7
< $25 19
Not specified 44
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8 patient evaluations for Urinary Catheter

May 24, 2015 (Started Mar 26, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neurogenic bladder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I had a wonderful surgeon in my awesome urologist. He has devised a technique for this procedure wherein The pleasure is filled to capacity, and the whole is then placed low on the pubic bone. I highly recommend.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 21, 2015 (Started Dec 07, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for urinary retention)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

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Jul 29, 2012 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (infection, infected stoma)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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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