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Hello one and all.
This is just a little information on catheters that I came a pond. Some of you guy's may be aware and some may not know.
What is a Catheter ? It is also called a Foley. It was called a Foley because the doctor that invented it was was Dr. Frederic E. B. Foley 1930 but he lost the patent in 1935. But that is another story.
This is a report that was done on 2000 patients that were catheterized in the hospital and the problem that they had with the catheter. Most of the patients were men. The study found out that not only that they had to deal with infections but they had do deal with other problems.
In the hospital patients know that the catheter was put in to help them with there bladder. Most patient ended up with a catheter because they were having surgery. Most said that it did not hurt when it was going in. But most of them had it put in when they were out. They did say that it hurt coming out and caused some bleeding.
UTI's was the main concern but they found out that the risk is 5 times less common then noninfectious problems. Those issues include pain, bloody urine and activity restrictions while the catheter was still in. Trouble with going to the bathroom and sexual function can occur after the catheter is taking out.
The finding underscore the importance of avoiding an indwelling urinary catheter and have it removed as soon as possible. This was done in 2 hospital. They were checked at 2 weeks and 1 month.
76 percent of the patients had the catheter removed within 3 day of having it put in. Infection would found in over 10 % of the patients. At least one noninfectious complication come up in 55 % of the patients. 31 % that still had the catheter in said the the catheter was causing them pain or discomfort.
Among the ones that had the catheter out 20 % said they had a problem of leaking or difficulty starting or stopping. Over 5 % said that it has cause some form of sexual problem.
I wote this because there are some doctor or nurses that do not give you the information you need if you are having a catheter they just assume that your older and you should have had one before. Not all of us have to dealings with catheter. I did not have my first one till I was 58 and was not giving much information.
They should tell you before you have any surgery if you are going to have a catheter. If your surgery is under 3 1/2 hours you do not need a catheter. It is up to you if you want a catheter. If you have any concerns talk with your doctor. They should explain it to you.
God bless you all....Ken
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