July 16, 2018

10 Tips for Living with a Long-Term Catheter

Wondering how to safely live with a long-term catheter? In this article, we’ll take you through 10 tips that long-term catheter users should keep in mind. By following these tips for living with a catheter - male or female -


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Living with a long-term catheter is necessary for many patients. Here we take you through 10 tips that long-term catheter users should understand to mitigate health risks, such as UTIs and blockages.

Ten Tips for Living with a Catheter

Ten Tips for Living with a Catheter

1. Unclogging a Catheter When Blockages Occur

Catheter blockages can be a severe issue for catheter users if the tubing bends or folds, restricting the flow of fluids. Adjust the tubing and gently pinch it to allow for the passage of the blocked materials, such as blood in the urine.

Size matters when it comes to using catheters. Larger and wider catheters may reduce flow – they promote bladder spasms, constricting the flow of urine. Try using the smallest catheter size possible unless specifically instructed otherwise (for example, if blood is present in your urine or you contract an infection).

2. Watch For Leaks In The Catheter

Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist

Medical Review by Shirley DeLeon, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

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