What is Intermittent catheterization?

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Intermittent catheterization is the temporary placement of a catheter (tube) to remove urine from the body. This is done by placing the catheter through the urethra (the tube that leads from the bladder to the outside opening) to empty the bladder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Neurogenic bladder 33 14
Bladder problems 2 0
Urinary retention 2 1
Difficulty urinating (dysuria) 1 0
Medication management 1 8

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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 0
Moderate 5
Mild 12
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Intermittent catheterization

Side effect Patients
Bladder infection 3
Urinary tract infection 3
Bladder spasms 2
Urethral discomfort 2
Bladder problems 1
Blood in urine (hematuria) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Intermittent catheterization

Dosage Patients
four times daily 4
daily 2
as needed 1
five times daily 1
monthly 1
m,w,f 1
three times daily 1
twice daily 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 15
Usually 8
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 4
Not specified 15
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