Living with an indwelling urinary catheter during COVID-19
If living with a catheter is not problematic enough, combining this with managing your life during a pandemic may be the last straw.
One can get used to wearing a catheter, there is a routine and certain expectations as to your quality of life. It need not be a huge obstacle to living a normal life, a little thought and care is all that is required.
However, there is one situation that can seriously upset the harmony of life you have painstakingly managed to achieve: an infection or a blockage, both of which can be caused by bacteria known as CAUTI (catheter associated urinary tract infection). Biofilm may start to build up. This biofilm is linked to your urine’s calcium and pH levels.
Infections and blockages are quite common, particularly for those with a long-term urethral or supra pubic indwelling catheters. These complications are usually followed by a ‘by-pass’ or going into urinary retention. As you know, this experience is not pleasant in the slightest and can be very painful.
Typically, you would make a call to your doctors’ surgery to arrange for your catheter to be changed. In some cases, you may have to stay in hospital for a course of intravenous antibiotics and fluids. But worst case scenario, you would have to go to your local A&E, especially if the infection was more advanced and urgent treatment was needed.
Covid-19 has seriously upset this process for many. The absolute last place on the planet you want to be right now, is your local hospital. Not only because of the risk of becoming infected with this highly communicable disease, but also, you probably do not want to distract the healthcare workers at the hospital from the current pandemic crisis. In fact, people are being dissuaded from attending local emergency rooms for all but absolute emergencies. Naturally, this is a terrible situation, especially for the more vulnerable among us.
Of course, a blockage in your catheter or some other problem that causes severe restrictions, may become an emergency, and you will have to risk a visit. For most though, reducing the chances of this is the best option – i.e., prevention rather than cure.
The good news is, “we have an app for that!” Or, rather in this case, a product. It is called UroShieldTM and is available in the UK.
UroShield will help prevent many of these catheter-associated complications and will help avoid unnecessary trips to A&E, unplanned catheter changes due to blockages, repetitive community nurse callouts and on-going reliance on antibiotics.
What is UroShield?
UroShield is a small external device that clips onto any indwelling urinary catheter and sends out low frequency acoustic sound waves on the inner and outer surface of the catheter. These sound waves help prevent bacteria from building up on the catheter, therefore preventing encrustations, infections, and blockages, and subsequently increasing antibiotic efficiency against biofilm bacteria. It will also offer some relief from catheter related pain and bladder spasms.
A recent Real-World Evaluation (RWE) of UroShield indicated huge benefits to the patient groups physical health and overall well-being. The results indicated significant improvements in the following areas:
· Reduced occurrence of UTI’s
· Reduced need for antibiotics
· Reduced number of catheter blockages
· Reduced frequency of unplanned catheter changes
· Reduced catheter associated pain
In addition to the clinical outcomes, patients also experienced significant improvement in their overall well-being, relating specifically to reduced levels of worry and increased ability to socialise.
“I certainly champion this device and as a family we are certainly advocates. We are sure that it could and would help others in the same situation as our father.”
“Since January, my husband has no blockages of infections, improving day to day life. And we would both recommend UroShield to other people who suffer like my husband has.”
“My brother and I endorse this small piece of equipment absolutely and totally. Without any doubt, it has massively improved our Dad’s quality of life, has reduced pain and strain on his well-being, and to be very honest, has reduced stress, worry and strain on my brother and the rest of the family.”
How long will Covid-19 last?
The fact is nobody really knows. Even with a vaccine, it is going to take a while for everyone to be inoculated and for Covid to reduce. Even then, we do not really know how effective this is going to be against new mutated strains.
One thing is for sure though, for many months to come, we will need to think twice about making all but essential trips to A&E, and even to the local doctor’s surgery. Anything that can help you avoid complications with your catheter has got to be a good thing – yes?
Give the team at Ideal-UroShield a call today and find out how you can get hold of your own UroShieldTM device and improve your quality of life living with a catheter on: 0208 773 7844