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 48 21
Neurogenic Bladder 29 23
Improve mobility 13 5
Urinary retention 7 10
General health 6 1
Urinary incontinence 6 3

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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 15
Moderate 18
Mild 14
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Urinary Catheter

Side effect Patients
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 7
Bladder leakage 4
Bladder infection 3
Infection 3
Pain 3
Uncomfortable 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Urinary Catheter

Dosage Patients
daily 14
as needed 3
every other week 2
five times daily 2
2 other twice daily 1
all the time (24/7) 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
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 3

Stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 59
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 20
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 7
< $25 16
Not specified 39
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9 patient evaluations for Urinary Catheter

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

See Mare's full Urinary Catheter history

Jan 26, 2017 (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: Also helps prevent bladder leaks during the night if you empty before bed. It has cut my UTI's tremendously!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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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Slumber
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Slumber
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
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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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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