If your healthcare provider has said you have a UTI (urinary tract infection) that means you are experiencing an infection in some part of your urinary system. The urinary system includes the bladder and kidneys. Here’s what you need to know about common causes and strategies for prevention and the link between UTIs and catheters.
UTIs and Catheters – this may seem obvious but studies show that risk of UTI increases significantly with catheter use. In fact, 40% of men who use a traditional external catheter for an extended period of time contract a UTI*. You have better options than diapers or pads. Men’s Liberty offers an innovative alternative. Our external collection system attaches to the penis only at the head so you have less risk of infection, irritation or leaks.
Catheters increase risk of UTI because they expose the urinary system to germs as they are inserted and while they remain in place.
Symptoms of UTI
- Burning during urination
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Blood in the urine
If you experience any of these symptoms or changes that concern you, call your healthcare provider. Your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection.
How to reduce the risk of UTI
Minimize exposure to germs – You and anyone in contact with your catheter should wash hands with soap and water or apply an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Observe sterile techniques when the catheter is being inserted (for example sterile product, clean skin).
Observe placement – the urine bag should always be below the bladder to prevent backflow.
Keep the catheter and drain tube connected.
Minimize use – If you must use a traditional catheter, talk with your healthcare provider about removing it as soon as possible.
Handle with care – be sure the lines are flowing properly and without any twists or kinks.
Consider alternatives for incontinence management – Men’s Liberty has developed an external collection system that directs urine away from the skin. It drastically reduces the risk of UTI and increases your peace of mind. Reliable for up to 24-hours of anxiety free wear, our system is covered by many insurance plans. Depending on your Medicare plan or private insurance you may even pay little or no out of pocket costs. Don’t let incontinence rob you of your freedom. Call us today to learn more about our easy to use system so you can get back to enjoying life.