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
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
7
Moderate
8
Mild
10
None
17

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

Hospitalization
Patients
31
Patients
3
Patients
3
Patients
3
Patients
3

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
7
Reason
Other
Patients
7
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
6
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
5
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
4
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
1
See all 24 patients who’ve stopped using Urinary Catheter

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Urinary Catheter
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
5
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
29
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
8
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
3
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
4
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
4

Adherence


Always
Patients
33
79%
Usually
Patients
7
17%
Sometimes
Patients
1
2%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
1
2%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
8
19%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
10
24%
A little hard to take
Patients
10
24%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
14
33%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
2
5%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
2
5%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
5
12%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
13
31%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
20
48%
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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)

  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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)

  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
slim18
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slim18
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
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

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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