Kent has found the ideal catheter to use whilst travelling - offering him greater independence and control of his life. What is it and why is it needed?
I live an active life, travelling a lot, and sometimes I find myself in places without accessible toilets. That is when I appreciate using an all-in-one kit. I prefer a kit over separate components that must be assembled, especially when I’m travelling as it greatly reduces the risk of leakage.
A urinary catheter is used to drain the urinary bladder when it cannot be emptied normally. This process is called catheterisation and can be necessary after surgery, during hospitalisation, or if you have one of the diagnoses listed below.
An all-in-one kit contains everything you need to perform catheterisation. It is intended for single use and combines:
• a catheter
• a collection bag
The all-in-one kit is useful for users who have received one or more of the following diagnoses:
• Spinal cord injury
• Spina bifida
• Multiple sclerosis
An all-in-one kit can be useful if the user:
• Does not have immediate access to a toilet
• Uses a wheel chair
• Has difficulty leaving the bed
A good kit should preferably be:
• Easy to use, as some of the above diagnoses will impair hand function
• Promotes hygienic catheterisation by avoiding contamination from direct contact with the catheter
• Watertight: An all-in-one kit is self contained with no risk of leaking
Travelling - an all-in-one kit is especially useful when travelling on long journeys as there is no need to pack separate components and the kit can be disposed of when convenient.
Hand function - with a spinal cord injury or Multiple sclerosis, there are often attendant mobility issues and limited hand function. An all-in-one kit is designed to aid gaining a good grip, especially for people with limited or weakened dexterity.
Toilet access - if a user has limited mobility, uses a wheel chair, or finds it difficult to move from the bed, an all-in-one kit provides a convenient method of emptying the bladder.