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 46 20
Neurogenic Bladder 24 19
Improve mobility 12 5
General health 6 1
Urinary retention 6 6
Intermittent urinary incontinence 5 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 12
Moderate 16
Mild 14
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Urinary Catheter

Side effect Patients
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 6
Bladder leakage 4
Bladder infection 3
Infection 3
Pain 3
UTI symptoms 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Urinary Catheter

Dosage Patients
daily 16
as needed 4
every other week 2
five times daily 2
1 other daily 1
3 hr daily 1
2 other twice daily 1
9 other daily 1
1other as needed 1
all the time (24/7) 1

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Why patients stopped taking Urinary Catheter

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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
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Duration

Currently using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 18

Stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients
0-1 month 9
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 18
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 7
< $25 15
Not specified 36
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9 patient evaluations for Urinary Catheter

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Slumber
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Slumber
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Slumber's full Urinary Catheter history

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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Mare
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Mare
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Mare's full Urinary Catheter history

May 7, 2015 (Started May 10, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neurogenic Bladder)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: If you have urinary retention, please use your cathethers. These are so simple to use after the 1st couple of weeks and is so much easier than having unnecessary surgery/bag on the leg. If you work, make sure you keep the same set of supplies there in case of emergency. There are really no negatives or impact on your daily life that I can think of other than you may get the occassional UTI.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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slim18
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slim18
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See slim18's full Urinary Catheter history

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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