ICS 2018: Catheter Characteristics That May Improve Self-Catheterization

Philadelphia, PA (UroToday.com) Hollister Incorporated product expert, Mary A. Wasner, RN, has presented an assessment of catheter features that can potentially improve intermittent catheterization and reduce risks of infection.

Catheters are usually contaminated when bacteria are transferred from the surfaces or fingers. Bacteria colonize a body site and then progresses onto infection. Therefore, it is vital to consider catheter design when choosing most appropriate catheter. Protective tip is on the features that can improve IC outcomes. It protects the catheter from contamination because it bypasses the first 15 mm of the urethra where large numbers of microorganisms such as E.coli reside (Figure 1).

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Protective sleeves and protective bags decrease risk of contamination from hands and external surfaces. They act as a barrier protecting catheter and collecting urine.

Closed NoTouch Systems are easy to utilize because they contain protective tip and can be touched anywhere on the bag or sleeve without polluting it. Currently US Medicare reimburses these system uses.

Presented by: Mary A. Wasner, RN, BSN, CURN, Manager of Clinical Education, Hollister Incorporated

Written by: Hanna Stambakio, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania, @PennUrology at the 2018 ICS International Continence Society Meeting - August 28 - 31, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA USA
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