Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:48 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:09 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:07 PM
I get blisters/skin tears from my silicone catheter. I have spent many months in bed. Mainly because MS has moved into my spine.
Good luck to you.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:19 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:36 AM
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:48 PM
Another member soaks the used single-use ones in 1\10 bleach-water solution overnight. She then bags them in a zip lock for next use, reusing each batch for one month.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:16 PM
Call your insurance company and get the information straight from them, you are able to get an amount that will allow you to cath up to every 4 hours for one month (200). Many insurance companies cover the entire amount, while some like my last one only covered 80%, so my fee was about $50.00 a month. This was still worth the price of having to constantly sterilize and risk a possible UTI for me, not to mention my wife (geez, I never even considered that one before).
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:17 PM
It seems strange to me that the USA/Canada healthcare don't supply catheters single use only like they do in the UK just a thought
I know and healthcare is free here! I love my supra-pubic catheter. It's discreet. Nuses deal with my abdomen when changing the foley catheter.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:48 PM
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:42 PM
yes that is very common but the ones you get that are disposable are not supposed to be used more than once, so I hope you using ones made to be used again. And it's always being very anal about the washing, and care and the use of catheters completely correctly is important to avoid UTIs! Of course though you can never be perfect with everything! Disposable ones are nice because it cuts down on the UTIs. I used to get them all the time and when I got disposable ones. I still got an UTI, like every other month. Then I got the new ones that are all in a bag and the person who is using it on me never touches anything that is entering my body. They're very expensive though and took my urologist a lot of work to get me them, but with those I've only had 2 UTIs since October!
Whenever I resuse catheters I get a UTI. I recently got my amount per month upped and am soso happy I did!
Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:07 PM
...Can you reuse a speedi cath or do you have to have use reusable catheters? Thanks for any advise.
It is widely accepted that hydrophilic catheters can't be reused.
I've been reusing SpeedyCath for two months after removing the hydrophilic coating in warm water rubing it with a towel untill it is no longer sticky.
In fact after removing the coating you will see that it is not polished but has microscopically tiny recesses in the surface. These tiny scratches store lubricant to prevent trauma. If I reuse polished, during insertion all the lubricant is washed away and when I pull it out it is no longer lubricated.
Later I switched to SafetyCath which has the same non poiished surface.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:01 PM
Hope this helps!
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