Catheterization

The importance of the intermittent catheterization aimed at solving clinical problems related to mechanical or functional disorders of the bladder is irrefutable. At the same time, the intermittent catheterization might be a key factor for reducing deterioration of the upper urinary tract and urosepsis in patients suffering from spinal cord conditions.

Learn how intermittent catheterization can help improve quality of life and significantly reduce the risk of complications and the development of urinary tract infections that can be life-threatening with development.

The importance of intermittent catheterization for the resolution of clinical problems associated with mechanical and functional bladder emptying is indisputable. At the same time, it is a technique that reduces the risk of life-threatening upper urinary tract deterioration and urosepsis in patients with spinal cord problems.

The type of patients using intermittent catheterization varies from those suffering from spinal cord injury and disease, to those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia. Pure intermittent catheterization (CEC) was introduced in the 1970s as a replacement for rigorous aseptic technique. Such an attitude has provided a different approach to the problems associated with continence and dysuria, and in clinical practice it has been shown to be an exceptional technique for minimizing urinary complications in patients.

 

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A lower frequency of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is the key to success of the clean intermittent catheterization. A series of short-term studies have demonstrated good clinical results and the primary user satisfaction with this new procedure. CIC relieves and improves dilatation of the renal channel network as well as the status of the upper urinary tract. However, since a possibility of a long-term and even a lifelong need for catheterization is present, results of long-term studies are especially important. Not only are such studies important so as to prove the importance of a regular catheterization, but they are also needed as a tool to assess all issues related to possible complications as a consequence of a long-term catheterization. So far, the main problems that have been detected as possible side-effects of a long-term catheterization include clinical symptoms like complications, bladder injuries and infections.

Since catheterization is very important, we strongly advise you to constantly expand your knowledge about this technique and follow the newest trends. Please consult your medical doctor and choose procedures and urinary catheters that suit you the most accordingly. Such an approach is recommended as a prevention of complications and other consequences of a long-term usage of the clean intermittent catheterization.
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Frequently asked questions

What is the “gold standard” of catheterization nowadays?

The clean intermittent catheterization is the gold standard for draining the bladder of patients with neurogenic bladder dysfunctions. When we use phthalate-free PVC hydrophilic catheters this procedure is safe and efficient and it is beneficial for kidneys and the upper urinary tract. Apart from these clinical benefits, it also improves the quality of patient’s life enabling a higher degree of independence and self-confidence that arises from the possibility of self-catheterization.