What is Self-Intermittent Catheterization?
- Intermittent catheterization is the periodic emptying of the bladder by the insertion of a hollow plastic tube (catheter) into the urethra, past the sphincter muscles and into the bladder.
- Urine then passes out of the bladder through the catheter.
- Intermittent catheterization is used when a person is unable to empty his bladder. Medical conditions that often require intermittent catheterization include spinal cord injuries, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis, to name a few.
- Intermittent catheterization must be done at regular intervals each day to keep the bladder healthy. Normally, self-intermittent catheterization is performed every four hours starting when you wake up in the morning and continues every four hours until bedtime.
Cure Hydrophilic Catheter Kit User Guide
How to Use Cure Hydrophilic Catheter?
Self-intermittent catheterization with a hydrophilic catheter can be performed in a sitting, standing or lying position. Do what is most comfortable for you. If possible, stand in front of the toilet, sit nearby on a chair or wheelchair, or sit on the toilet with your legs spread apart.
- Before you begin, urinate if you can. Then, gather the following materials:
- A Hydrophilic Cure Catheter in sealed wrapper
- Something to cleanse the area: soap, water and washcloth, or unscented disposable wipes
- A container to collect the urine if not cathing on or near a toilet
- Hand towel
- Inspect the intermittent catheter and package. If either one is damaged, do not use the product.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or if not available, use an antibacterial hand cleaner.
- From the outside of the package, squeeze, or press down on, the pouch to distribute purified water throughout the package - lubricating the catheter for comfortable insertion.
- Remove the paper which covers the adhesive area on the catheter package and press the package adhesive area firmly to the wall. Then, open the package.
- Position yourself comfortably. Arrange clothing so it is out of the way. If sitting on the toilet, spread your legs apart. If lying down, knees can be straight or bent.
- Hold the penis upright on the sides so that the urethra is not pinched.
- Wash the tip of the penis as instructed by your medical professional. You may have been directed to retract the foreskin if the penis is uncircumcised. Wash the glans penis from the urethral opening (tip) to the base of the glans with soap, water and washcloth or unscented disposable wipe. Wash with a circular motion from the tip outward. Do not wash back and forth over the urethral opening. Repeat the washing two more times with different areas of the wash cloth or with a new unscented wipe each time.
- Remove the catheter from the package. A unique, textured advancer sleeve is provided to enable you to easily grip the catheter without touching it.
- While holding the penis upright with one hand at a 45 to 60-degree angle from the body, slowly insert the lubricated catheter into the penis using your dominant hand.
- Once you have passed half the length of the catheter through the urethra, lower the penis and slide the catheter until you meet resistance at the urethral sphincters. Do not pull the catheter in and out when you meet resistance; just apply gentle but firm continuous pressure until the catheter advances into the bladder.
- Continue to insert the catheter until urine begins to flow. If you are standing in front of the toilet or sitting on it with legs spread apart, the urine can drain into the toilet. If you are lying down, place the funnel end of the catheter into a container to collect the urine. Hold it in place until urine stops flowing.
- When urine stops flowing, slowly rotate the catheter between your fingers while withdrawing it. If urine starts to flow again, stop withdrawing the catheter and let the urine drain. Continue the process until the bladder is empty and the catheter is removed. If you are uncircumcised, make sure you bring the foreskin back over the glans penis when you are finished.
- Consult your healthcare provider if you notice any unusual odor and/or cloudy, hazy urine.
- Hydrophilic Cure Catheter is intended for one-time use.