What is Urinary Catheter?

Category: Equipment

Most Popular Types: Suprapubic Catheter, Foley 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
Infection 2
Pain 2

Show all 18 reported side effects


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


How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Urinary Catheter
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 29
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 8
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 4
29 81%
6 17%
1 3%
0 0%
7 19%
9 25%
A little
8 22%
Not at all
12 33%
Cost per month
2 11%
0 0%
1 6%
5 28%
10 56%
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8 patient evaluations for Urinary Catheter

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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:

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: $50-99 monthly

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: b
I have:

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

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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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