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 52 24
Neurogenic bladder 31 21
Improve mobility 13 5
Urinary retention 7 11
General health 6 1

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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
Severe 17
Moderate 20
Mild 14
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Urinary Catheter

Side effect Patients
Urinary tract infection 8
Bladder leakage 4
Pain 3
Urinary incontinence 2
Bladder pain 1
Bladder problems 1

Show all 20 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Urinary Catheter

Dosage Patients
daily 14
five times daily 5
as needed 2
1 other daily 1
2 other twice daily 1
9 other daily 1
1other as needed 1
every other week 1
monthly 1
twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Urinary Catheter

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
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
See all 25 patients who've stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration

Currently using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 5

Stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients
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
Always 61
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 18
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 7
< $25 18
Not specified 42
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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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