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Types of catheters

There is no question that one of the most important industries, not just in the United States, but across the globe is none other than the medical industry. The medical industry features components that are often the base of political conversations such as healthcare, health insurance, and even maternity leave. However, there are so many Americans that often suffer from serious symptoms or illnesses, and are unaware because they have not seen a doctor.

If you have not seen your doctor for a prolonged period of time it is important that you have a checkup to make sure that everything is okay. Only a doctor can tell you whether or not you need to be using urological supplies in your daily life. Here is what you need to know about the doctor, urological supplies, and urology supplies.

Catheter plugs and caps, closed system catheters, and even code catheters are all types urological supplies that you may need to use. If you have Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis, there are two primary types of treatments. These two treatments are bladder instillations and oral medications. A bladder instillation is a process in which a catheter is used to directly administer medication into the bladder of the patient.

Dialysis or a kidney transplant will be necessary once a kidney disease reaches the point where a person has less than 10 to 15% kidney function. Most men over the age of 60 will likely have some form of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia but not everyone will have blockage problems. Urinary catheters have been used to drain the bladder whenever someone cannot empty their bladder for over the past 3,500 years.

Urinary incontinence is likely to increase as people grow older from 14% in people between the ages of 65 and 69, and 45% in anyone that is older than age 85. In the year of 2008, the urinary continence world market was estimated to be around $1.8 billion each year. The placement of a Foley catheter is necessary for anywhere between 15 and 25% of all hospitalizations and involves an indwelling catheter that helps pass urine through the bladder during a hospital stay or surgery.

The amount of retail spending on durable medical equipment reached $48.5 billion in the year of 2015. This includes contact lenses, eyeglasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs, mobility aids, and other items. One of the many urological supplies that people use on a daily basis is a leg bag. Urinary tract infections are the most common type of infection and are about 30% of all of the healthcare-associated infections reported by acute care hospitals.

If one of the urological supplies you have to use is a leg bag, it is important to know when and how to use it. It is recommended that you empty a leg bag when it is half-full or at the very least twice a day. Make sure to clean a leg bag almost every day and replace it whenever the doctor recommends for you to do so. This normally twice per month or at the very least once every week. When ready for sleep, make sure to change out the leg bag and to put on the drainage bag. Then rinse out the leg bag with vinegar and water, soak it for about twenty minutes, rinse it out and hang it up to dry.

In Conclusion

If you need urological supplies then make sure you consult with a doctor to not only get the right supplies but to also ensure that you properly use said supplies. There is no need to feel shame if you need to use urological supplies, as many Americans do and as people grow older they end up more than likely having to use it when their body begins to physically failed them. Get checked on, take care of yourself, and it will help you and your body as you grow older.