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Comparison of the microbiological milieu of CIC patients

Children performing clean intermittent catheterisation (CIC) have a higher risk of bacteriuria. This occasionally can lead to full urinary tract infection (UTI) which can influence long-term renal function. Hydrophilic catheters are said to be less traumatic to the urothelium and...

Long-term bladder drainage: blessing or disaster in disguise

Chronic bladder dysfunction occurs in many neurologic disorders e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, etc. Suprapubic catheters (SPC) are inserted every day and every urology department has a pool of ‘difficult’ patients who keep coming back. This paper compares SPCs...

The how, why and when of bladder washouts: a guide

Bladder washouts are a treatment usually employed by the urology team, more often in an inpatient setting, and commonly indicated for haematuria with clot retention and catheter bypassing [1,2]. Bladder washout is a cornerstone of treatment in urology wards, yet...

Convatec Healthcare is changing

Forever Caring At Convatec, ‘forever caring’ is our promise to give patients and healthcare providers the support they need as we bring to life our vision of pioneering trusted medical solutions to improve the lives we touch. Existing complications of...

Clinical Application of Urological Catheters, Devices and Products

This is a very well written and presented reference which brings together the collective experience and knowledge of a multidisciplinary authorship. As a staff nurse in a urology unit that uses catheters and other urological devices on a daily basis,...

Mechanisms and prevention of catheterisation associated urethral injury (CAUI)

Urethral catheterisation is a common procedure performed by health professionals across different grades and specialties in a variety of clinical settings. An estimated 15-25% of hospitalised patients have a urinary catheter inserted during their inpatient stay and up to 13%...

Study confirms UroShield™ device extremely effective as a bacteriostatic agent

UroShield™ is a breakthrough disposable ultrasound device developed to prevent catheter blockages and biofilm formation, resulting in a reduction in Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and therefore reducing the need for antibiotics, improving patient outcomes and lowering healthcare costs.

LoFric Origo Flexible: A new shape with more flexibility

LoFric® Origo is a user-friendly and safe male hydrophilic catheter. It comes in a discreet, foldable package that easily fits in a pocket.

Suprapubic catheterisation – a core surgical trainee’s perspective

Suprapubic catheters (SPCs) are in widespread usage in medical practice and this review will focus on the pre-assessment, indications, methods and complications that are associated with the insertion of an SPC. Although suprapubic catheter insertions may be done electively or...

GentleCath™ intermittent catheters

We know that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the biggest issue for catheter users. In the United Kingdom, 14 million people suffer from continence problems1. Although hydrophilic coated catheters (2nd generation) brought benefits compared to uncoated catheters (1st generation), users...

Complications of CISC

Introduction Clean intermittent self catheterisation (CISC) was first introduced and popularised by Lapides in 1972. Since then its utilisation has become widespread and it is now commonly used throughout the world as the preferred means of facilitating complete and effective...

Purple urine bag syndrome

Purple urine bag syndrome (PUBS) is an uncommon phenomenon where the tubing and urinary catheter bag is noticed to undergo purple discolouration. This has been linked with urinary tract infections (UTI), chronic debilitated states and prolonged catheterisation. PUBS was noticed...