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.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Urinary Catheter

Severe
6
Moderate
8
Mild
6
None
17

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

Hospitalization
Patients
28
Patients
3
Hospitalization
Patients
2
Patients
2
Patients
2

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
6
Reason
Other
Patients
6
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
5
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
5
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
4
See all 22 patients who’ve stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Urinary Catheter
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
1
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
24
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
8
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
2
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
3
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
4

Adherence


Always
Patients
30
81%
Usually
Patients
6
16%
Sometimes
Patients
1
3%
Never
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very
Patients
7
19%
Somewhat
Patients
9
24%
A little
Patients
9
24%
Not at all
Patients
12
32%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
18
95%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
2
11%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
5%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
5
26%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
11
58%
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9 patient evaluations for Urinary Catheter

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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Neurogenic Bladder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
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: Not specified monthly

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Mare
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Mare
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Mare's full Urinary Catheter history

May 7, 2015 (Started May 10, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Neurogenic Bladder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
slim18
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slim18
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: b
I have:
ALS

See slim18's full Urinary Catheter history

Mar 21, 2015 (Started Dec 07, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Urinary retention: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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