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9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

Here are 9 steps you can take to improve your experience in self-management of your catheter:

  1. Awareness – Living with a catheter necessitates that you keep observant of your body and how you are feeling at any given moment.
  2. Hydration – Drink more water over any other fluid! Restrict coffee, and think about switching out tea and decaffeinated drinks.
  3. Consistency – Liquid intake should be proportional to your body weight and consistency is way to aid in preventing catheter obstruction.
  4. Volume – The majority of people require 2,000 – 3,000 cc of water daily. For example, a 150-lb person needs 2,550 cc (10.5 glasses daily), more is needed in hot weather or while exercising.
  5. Attentiveness – Pay close attention to the color of your urine, it should be a light yellow all day. The color can be used to figure out whether you are drinking enough water daily.
  6. Observation – Should urine color change, see what you might be doing different, like in-taking less water/more caffeine or are using a diuretics or water pills.
  7. Positioning – Note where the catheter is following each change in your body’s position and relocate it if necessary.
  8. Examining – Examine the catheter by running your hand along the tubing from where the catheter exits your body to the drainage bag.
  9. Assistance – Should you need support with catheters, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

 

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