Building Healthy Catheter Habits

Characterize Your Schedule

Having a schedule is necessary when you have to go for a catheter routine, as it ensures you have ample time and all the needed supplies for it. It is advisable to draft out a chart or maintain a diary or maybe set up digital calendar alarms or appointments to ease it out more for yourself. It is preferable to follow your expert’s advice which will make you find the intervals for your catheter. If possible, integrate catheterization into natural breaks in your daily activities—like when getting dressed in the morning or when taking lunch.

If you somehow miss out on a scheduled catheterization, waiting for your next session is not advisable—cath as soon as possible to prevent infections caused by urine sitting in the bladder.

Track Your Results

It is vital to empty your bladder to prevent infections caused by any leakage. Voiding a volume of no more than 2 cups has to be a usual practice; this prevents overstretching of the bladder. Once you start with your routine keep a track of the amount you collect and have discussions with your healthcare expert on how you should be catheterizing. Lastly, periodically calculate your output and adjust accordingly.

Think Ahead and Plan for the Future

Intermittent catheterization allows you to go out and enjoy your life. The only key that you have to hold onto during the whole time is sticking to the routine, doesn’t matter wherever you are and that can undoubtedly demand a little foresight. Think beforehand where and how you can adjust the catheterization into your planned activities.

Pack the Necessary Supplies

Be careful in packing all the essentials when you are out. It is very likely that you will find yourself in a place that is not clean or well-equipped like your own home. All the necessities for clean catheterization should, therefore, be packed.  

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