Intermittent Self catheterisation (ISC) is frequently used to manage lower urinary tract dysfunctions, but research shows that care for patients using ISC may not always be based on evidence. The purpose of this review was to summarise evidence related to adherence to ISC, complication rates, satisfaction with ISC, and its effect on health-related quality of life.
According to recently published US study as many as 18 complications can be avoided from the age of 40 until death when using hydrophilic catheters instead of non-coated catheters. This translates into savings of almost $10,000 per patient.
Sun Jung Oh et al present one of the largest cross-sectional, population based online surveys in the US with the aim to determine the prevalence and predictors of individuals seeking healthcare for their constipation and the use of and satisfaction with over-the-counter medications in treating constipation.
The use of non-coated urinary catheters (re-use catheters) is common in many countries, especially when the reimbursement system does not support the use of hydrophilic catheters.