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Understanding Medical Catheters

There may come a time in your life when you or a loved one need to use a medical catheter. Medical catheters, most commonly, are used to allow urine to drain from the bladder and collect urine in a drainage bag. This is the most common type of catheter and the most common use for them, however, there are other types of catheters that serve different purposes.


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Catheters are most frequently used for patients who’ve just undergone surgery or procedure on the bladder, bowel, or urinary tract. They can also be used after any type of period of urinary retention.

If you or a loved one are going to need a catheter for any reason, it’s important to educate yourselves on its use and functions. This video details the process of catheter insertion. You should familiarize yourself with this process to get yourself or your loved one ready. It can be uncomfortable or anxiety-inducing, but watching informative videos like these should help ease some of your worries.

Remember that catheters are extremely common medical equipment, and insertion of them is a fairly routine procedure. Your nurse or doctor can answer any further, more specific questions you may have.

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