Medical technology is always evolving. Catheters are no exception. Most catheter users are familiar with the concept of applying lubricant to a catheter prior to insertion; however, there is another type of catheter available that self-lubricates and eliminates the need for added lubricant. This type of catheter is called a hydrophilic catheter.
As a user of intermittent catheters, you may be wondering how frequently to empty your bladder. Additionally, if you have an underlying condition such as spinal cord injury or other forms of nerve damage, you may have reduced sensation and not “feel” the urge to urinate. In these situations, your healthcare provider may recommend a cathing schedule. Today we will discuss the benefits of adhering to a catheterization schedule and some tips to help you get started and stay on track.
In this article, we will provide you with resources that can offer exceptional education and support to individuals living with an ostomy.
Urine drainage bags are, simply stated, storage bags that collect urine for individuals who cannot urinate on their own. They are typically used with catheter supplies such as Foley catheters, external catheters (condom catheters), urostomy pouches, or nephrostomy tubes. The urine drainage bag attaches to the urinary device with flexible tubing. Drainage bags are then emptied as needed into the toilet or another receptacle.
Sexual health is an understated component of overall health. However, some individuals might neglect this facet of their life – especially if they have a urologic condition. Urologic conditions can affect sexual health, or even lead to painful sex. Join us as we explore the importance of maintaining sexual health for those with urological conditions and/or those using urological supplies.
Spina bifida brings unique challenges into a family, but learning from families on the same path can be a helpful and encouraging guide. We invite you to share in the story of Lori Neal – a single mother of her 12-year old son, Julian, who lives with spina bifida – to learn how to promote the best life for yourself and children with spina bifida.
It is the primary mission of the United Ostomy Associations of America to ensure that all persons with an ostomy receive the care and compassion they deserve. However, this is not always the experience of those in the ostomy community due to varying factors, such as a lack of access to trained healthcare providers or ostomy devices that best fit their needs. This is why the UOAA recently published findings from a 2019 study that explored the general care that is given to ostomates.
Twelve years after undergoing ileostomy surgery for ulcerative colitis, Sarah is back to enjoying many of the foods she used to love before her surgery. If anything, she enjoys them more now than ever. Sarah is proof that living with an ostomy and ostomy supplies doesn’t need to compromise a fulfilling diet for yourself. Check out these firsthand tips from Sarah on finding the right path forward to eating foods you love.
After being diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder and bowel, six-year old Maya had to utilize intermittent catheters to best navigate her condition. Though challenging at first, Maya and her mother quickly learned the importance of choosing the best intermittent catheters to fit Maya’s lifestyle. Now, six years later, Maya is back to enjoying all her favorite things; life, sports, and friends.
Achieving your goals while living with a spinal cord injury may feel challenging, but setting SMART goals can increase the likelihood of overcoming your obstacles! SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By setting specific and realistic goals, tracking progress, and establishing a timeline, individuals can stay motivated and accountable to their resolutions. As your trusted wound care supplier, we’re happy to share a few tips on how to start setting your SMART goals.