Catheters on the job – Know how to care for yourself to lower infection rate
Catheters offer convenience and protection that absorbents just can’t match. Despite their many advantages, some catheters carry significant risk of infection (UTI). That risk can increase when you’re out and about. Are you using a catheter at work? Stay comfortable and safe with these tips.
Wash hands thoroughly before using catheters
Indwelling and intermittent catheters require insertion. Your goal is to eliminate the possibility that bacteria will be introduced into the body at the time of insertion. To minimize the risk of infection, carefully wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling your catheter and accessories.
Maintain a sterile environment
Do not allow your hands or any part of the catheter or supplies to come into contact with any surface in the bathroom. Consider using a bathroom with little traffic that gives you enough space to manage your catheter.
Apply catheters with care
Be sure the line is free of tangles, and the collection unit is below your bladder at all times.
Manage food and drink
Good catheter management requires healthy eating habits. The opposite may seem true, but it is important to drink plenty of water even when you are managing incontinence. Although individual needs vary, a good rule of thumb is one ounce of water for your body weight divided by two. That means if you weigh 200 pounds, you should aim for about 100 ounces of water daily. Another way to gauge adequate intake is to monitor the color of your urine. Urine that is pale yellow in color, generally indicates adequate hydration. Likewise, you will want to support regular digestion and avoid becoming constipated. Adequate hydration, fiber and whole grain rich foods support healthy elimination.
Take care of your skin
Change condom catheters regularly and monitor skin for any signs of trouble. Use barrier creams as needed for protection.
Learn more about Men’s Liberty
Men’s Liberty is a unique kind of catheter that requires no painful insertion. Unlike intermittent and indwelling catheters, our external catheter significantly reducing the risk of bacteria entering the body. Men’s Liberty offers up to 24-hours of secure protection. Apply in the morning and feel confident all day. No need to change Men’s Liberty, simply empty the connection unit as needed. Work without worry. Men’s Liberty gives you the freedom to enjoy your normal activities. With more than 5 million units shipped, Men’s Liberty has had zero attributable adverse effects. Give us a call to learn how you can reduce your risk of infection and work without worry.