UTI using catheters

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by Brownsequardsam on Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:48 pm

UTI using catheters

I have spinal cord disease and difficulty with neurogenic bladder symptoms. I’ve had urodynamic investigations at Kings College Hospital where the consultant has advised using catheters, which I now have a prescription for. Unfortunately it seems every time I use them I get an infection. I am really careful about hygiene and try and make sure that I’m performing isc properly the way I was trained but I’m still really nervous about going over to isc full time. Can you give me any tips to avoid infections please? Thanks

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by Mr Benjamin Challacombe on Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:18 pm

Re: UTI using catheters

It sounds like you are probably doing everything correctly.
Be careful not to touch the catheter on anything before it goes in
Clean the area prior to starting
Only use a catheter once
it might be worth sending your urine for culture to check there isn't ongoing UTI/colonisation
Other option is to take some preventative antibiotics for a few months, at one a day, to get you going safely
Mr Benjamin J Challacombe
Consultant Urological Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

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