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Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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How often can you clean the bags for a urinary catheter?

How often can you clean the bags for a urinary catheter?

Catheters: There is no practical way to clean a catheter drainage bag on the inside. If the catheter is long term, i generally recommend changing the bag when the catheter is changed every 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How would an aide clean the skin around a suprapubic catheter?

How would an aide  clean the skin around a suprapubic catheter?

Supra pubic catheter: 1/2 strength hydrogen peroxide diluted w sterile water or saline. Apply antibiotic ointment if the cathether was recently placedl as well. Of course check w your urologist if you have additional concerns such as increase discharge or redness around the catheter. ...Read more

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My boyfriends catheter just came out. He is scheduled to have it removed on monday. What should we do? It is not bleeding, i cleaned the area and put a bandage on it. It does have a small amount of seeping.

My boyfriends catheter just came out.  He is scheduled to have it removed on monday.  What should we do? It is not bleeding, i cleaned the area and put a bandage on it.  It does have a small amount of seeping.

There : There is not enough information for us to be able to answer this question. Could you please clarify where the catheter was going and what it was draining. I assume it is draining urine, and is likely in the bladder but clarifying whether this catheter went in through the penis or the abdomen would be helpful.

Also, it would be helpful to know why the catheter was placed. Is the catheter new or chronic, temporary or permanent, did he recently have surgery, did he have difficulty urinating?

Sorry, wish we could be more help. ...Read more

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What should be done if a lot of stool gets on Foley catheter tubing? It must be touched to be cleaned?

Use gloves: Use gloves, if you cannot do a good job consider getting a professional like a home health nurse to change the Foley catheter, or go to the doctor's office, they should be able to do it for you. ...Read more

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After a stroke, my dad has a catheter. After 1 mth he had a UTI, it blocked with blood clots and they cleaned it, but when they stop cleaning it, the clots restart. Why is this happening?

Cath or other: The real question should be why is he having bleeding in urine? Possible causes include irritation from catheter, sever ufinary tract infection, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and other rate conditions. Confer with doctor.. ...Read more

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Enlarged prostate after a stroke, taking medication to reduce, has a catheter, bleeding of the prostate, cancer has been ruled out by the urologist, cleaning with saline bags. How long could this last?

Enlarged prostate after a stroke, taking medication to reduce, has a catheter, bleeding of the prostate, cancer has been ruled out by the urologist, cleaning with saline bags. How long could this last?

Common senario: It's not uncommon for an older man to experience a worsening of prostate enlargement symptoms while ill and hospitalized. Enlarged prostates often have varicose veins associated with them. Many times after a stroke, patients are placed on anticoagulant medications which cause or worsen bleeding from the prostatic varices. Often, saline irrigation is used to clear the bladder of clots. The situation should be temporary and should improve as his medical condition improves ...Read more

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How can I most effectively clean catheters for intermittent catheterization?

How can I most effectively clean catheters for intermittent catheterization?

Soap and water: Simple soap and water should do fine.
Soaking in soapy water is also fine. ...Read more

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What is a hickman catheter?

Hickman catheter: A hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis. Hickman lines may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed. ...Read more

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How do they put a catheter in?

Be more specific. : Would depend on what type of catheter and into what it's being placed. ...Read more

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How do you use a catheter yourself?

Let me advise you: There are some differerances if you male or female.
For male i will recommend this article.
http://urology.iupui.edu/img/pdfs/selfcathmale06.pdf
for female I am recommend this article.
http://www.drugs.com/cg/how-to-catheterize-yourself-woman.html
good luck. ...Read more

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How can you tell what size catheter you need?

How can you tell what size catheter  you need?

For adults the sizes: Are fairly standard and should pass without difficulty. If issues, you should see a urologist. (i assume you meant urinary catheters?). ...Read more

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Is there any pain when a catheter is taken out?

Is there any pain when a catheter is taken out?

A little.: I am assuming it is a urinary catheter you are asking about. It will be a little painful coming out, but will feel much better once you have it out. Some patients say it does not hurt at all. ...Read more

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Can a nurse force you to have a catheter placed?

Can a nurse force you to have a catheter placed?

No: Nobody can force you to do anything with your body as long as you are in a right mind. ...Read more

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When am I supposed to flush my piccline catheter?

When am I supposed to flush my piccline catheter?

Depends: On type of catheter. Call your doctor or his nurse. May need home health nurse to help at first. ...Read more

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Which, if any, catheter will be best for my child?

Depends: A catheter is a plastic tube. It can be placed in many different organs for many different purposes. You should discuss the specifics of your situation with your doctor. It is always better to not have a catheter if one is not needed as they are always an infection risk, however they are needed for care in many different medical conditions. ...Read more

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How can a woman deal with postop catheter problems?

How can a woman deal with postop catheter problems?

Too vague: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: catheter?

What is the definition or description of: catheter?

Thin plastic tube: A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder to drain urine etc.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is a catheter supposed to cause pain?

Not meant to: But it may. Catheters are inserted for specific reasons, but unfortunately most of the time they can cause discomfort to severe pain. ...Read more

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What must I know about caring for a piccline catheter?

Get help : From home health nurse or call your doctors nurse for info. Each patient may be different. ...Read more

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When must I seek help when caring for a picc catheter?

Swelling: If there are signs of infection for sure but also if you develop swelling in that arm. ...Read more

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In what cases would a female need a permanent catheter?

In what cases would a female need a permanent catheter?

Usually related: To issues with the inability to empty the bladder appropriately. This often occurs with spinal cord injuries but also neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, all that can cause a neurogenic bladder. ...Read more

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What is an aquapheresis catheter for or why is it needed?

What is an aquapheresis catheter for or why is it needed?

Aquapheresis: To remove excess salt & water from the body, in patients with fluid overload, such as in heart failure, liver cirrhosis & some kidney diseases. ...Read more

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Could it be appropriate to shave before getting a catheter?

It is not required : It is not required to shave if you are getting a urinary catheter.But if you shave your pubic hair for some other reason than it is ok. ...Read more

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When am I supposed to change the bandage on my piccline catheter?

Picc line bandage: Your bandage on your picc line should be changed by a health professional like a nurse. There are protocols on the frequency and method of those changes. ...Read more