The use of Tiemann tips for intermittent self catheterisation could benefit many patients with complex catheterisation needs and with the right education, health care professionals can enhance patient care and reduce the strain on health care resources by avoiding further complications.
Prior to the LoFric Elle webinar in September, we had a great opportunity to talk to Susanne Vahr Lauridsen about the barriers related to intermittent self catheterisation (ISC) and dignity. We also asked for her opinion on LoFric Elle’s potential to provide new opportunities for women facing challenges when performing ISC.
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.
Newly published data shows that multiple-reuse catheters pose a potential safety concern for people practicing intermittent catheterisation.