Why Do People With Spinal Cord Injuries Need Intermittent Catheters?
When the bladder is full, the brain sends a signal down the spinal cord to the bladder, causing it to empty. For people with spinal cord issues, the signal from the bladder to the brain gets interrupted, making them unable to empty their bladder.
When people are unable to empty their bladder on their own, they are at risk for urinary tract infections, as well as incontinence or involuntary loss of urine. When urine stays in the bladder and is not emptied, bacteria can grow, causing infections which can lead to illness. Research has shown that self-intermittent catheterization helps reduce urinary tract infections, control urinary leakage (incontinence) and prevent urinary tract damage.
How Self-Intermittent Catheterization Works
Intermittent catheterization is the periodic emptying of the bladder by the insertion of a hollow plastic tube (catheter) into the urethra, past the sphincter muscle and into the bladder. Urine then passes out of the bladder through the catheter. Intermittent catheterization must be done at regular intervals each day to keep the bladder healthy.
Medical conditions that often require intermittent catheterization include spinal cord injuries, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis, to name a few.
Cure Twist: Ideal for Women
One of the big concerns that people have with using intermittent catheters is their appearance. Intermittent catheters are often long and the packaging can be bulky, taking up a lot of space in your purse or requiring another bag to carry them. This is often why you’ll see wheelchair users with a backpack on the back of their chair – the bag is used to hold various supplies that they may need throughout the day.
The Cure Twist™ catheter may be an ideal option for you if you are a busy woman on the go. Its unique, attractive shape and size are similar to typical cosmetics, making it ideal when discretion and convenience are important considerations.
Latex-free & DEHP-free, the Cure Twist™ catheter has polished eyelets and is available in the following sizes: 10 FR, 12 FR, 14 FR.
Most women who perform self-intermittent catheterization sit on the toilet. (The shorter length of Cure Twist™ is ideal for this technique because the shorter catheter is less likely to touch the toilet.) Other self-intermittent catheterization positions include sitting in a chair or wheelchair or lying down with pillows behind the back. Do what is most comfortable for you.
How Can I Try the Cure Twist Intermittent Catheter?
You will be taught clean self-intermittent catheterization by your healthcare provider who will decide the size and style of catheter that you will need. No matter whether you are just beginning to use catheters or a long-time user, your healthcare provider will provide a prescription for the catheter supplies. The prescription will be sent to a medical supply company that will provide you with the supplies.
Be sure to discuss your product preferences or questions about catheters with your healthcare provider before requesting any change to your current care regimen.
To request a sample of the new Cure Twist intermittent catheter, please visit http://curemedical.com/requestsample.html.
About Cure Medical
The Cure Commitment is unsurpassed in the industry. Only Cure Medical has committed to donating 10% of net profits to scientific research. Only Cure Medical catheters are DEHP and BPA free. Simply by using new Cure Catheters® or Cure Catheter® Closed Systems for routine intermittent catheterization, you take part in the sustained pursuit of a cure.
In addition to being latex and BPA free, all of Cure Medical products are DEHP free to prevent you from being exposed to the “known carcinogen” plasticizer found in most PVC catheters. Cure Medical catheters always have smooth, fire polished eyelets. Cure Catheters and Cure Catheter Closed Systems also come in a variety of familiar styles and smooth tip options to suit you. For more details, see http://www.curemedical.com.
Cure Medical and Wheel:Life wish to thank Anne Boisclair-Fahey, DNP, RN, CPNP for writing the medical information contained within this educational material. She is a nurse practitioner in pediatric urology at the University of Minnesota. Please note that this information is not a substitute for medical advice from your healthcare provider.
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