Before its official launch, we asked a group of nurses for their opinion on LoFric Elle and its new revolutionary L-shaped handle.
Here is what the nurses we spoke to told us about LoFric Elle:
Bev Collins, Nurse Specialist
I think it's a catheter that can be discreet for the individual but also allowing the individual to now take care of their own bladder management will be a huge thing in terms of somebody's quality of life. In terms of actually taking that on themselves, rather than having to rely on somebody else.
They can actually do the catheterisation in a public toilet, they can empty their bladder discreetly, pop the catheter back in the packaging and it's not going to leak, pop that in their bag and dispose of it when they get home. So they can actually go to the toilet in a normal way without anybody having a clue that they have had to use an intermittent catheter to go to the bathroom.
The handle itself will just enable a group of ladies who haven't been able to catheterise to actually now maybe look at that again as an option for them to manage their bladder management.
I think that the extension, the handle length, if someone is having to do someone catheterisation for them - either a partner or a carer - it means that it actually makes it much more discreet for the individual who acutally having to do the catheterisation but more importantly for the end user. So the patient and the caregiver haven't acutally got to get so intimate with regards to it because the handle actually keeps it a little bit further away.
Joanne Townsend, Bladder and Bowel Nurse Specialist
Because the catheter and the handle gives you more distance it's less likely that there will be urine on your hands, which is quite important to the patient. Sometimes you put the catheter in and urine comes out very quickly and it becomes a dirty-ish procedure. I think that it looks like it's going to be a little more hygienic for the patient, which I think they will like.
When I meet patients, sometimes they have no idea that they are going to need to self catheterise and sometimes I'm taking an indwelling catheter out. They almost have this idea in the back of their head that there might be something that they need to do. They will be incredibly embarrassed to let me look down below, sometimes they haven't looked at their own body. So for them to have a look with the mirror it's surprising for them and to have to do it with an audience, if you like. I don't think they will have to touch their body so much because they have the length of the catheter. I think that everything just seems a little less intrusive, I do think that they will probably be more comfortable using the longer length.
Natasha Ewen, Urology Nurse
Obviously, it's a basic bodily function being able to urinate, so having the kit to enable you to do self-catheterisation will enable them to continue to be independent and then only have back up if things became more difficult.
Jessica Burton, Continence Lead
You could get a mirror and you could get good visual because at the moment I'm standing in the toilet going "down a little, up a little" because they can't see. Even with the mirror, they can't see because their hand is in the way. With the handle, they could have the mirror and do it themselves and I could stay back outside. I wouldn't need to be there.
It offers them that privacy and the dignity.
If your husband was having to perform the self catheterisation for you because you couldn't then his role has changed from husband to caregiver. So, by giving the woman back the ability for them to do it, the relationship will change back with the husband. For them it will be brilliant and for the women who are having to have their husband do it gives them the chance that when they are doing stuff down there, it's more of an intimate proper relationship rather than making it a medical one.
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