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Catheters have been used in the world of medicine for over 3,500 years. The main purpose of these devices has been to drain the bladder of urine. There are many reasons someone may need to use a catheter. However, the function of a catheter will always be to eliminate damage caused by backed urine. If left untreated, the pressure caused by unreleased urine can lead to massive kidney damage. In this post, you will learn which types of these medical supplies are currently available.

  1. External Catheters: These devices are also known as condom catheters. The user will place this device on externally. When used, the urine will drain into a bag. It is recommended that you empty this leg bag when it has filled halfway. Another rule of thumb is to at least empty the bag twice a day. In addition, you will want to clean your leg bag every single day. These medical supplies can harbor diseases, if not properly maintained.
  2. Internal Catheters: Medical supplies often need to adapt to varying patient needs. These catheters are usually placed within the bladder. It is commonly believed that an internal catheter is only made for long periods of use. However, a medical professional can choose to use an internal catheter for short term treatment. Instead of a leg bag, a balloon is used to help empty out an internal catheter.
  3. Intermittent Catheters:There is also a third situation in which intermittent catheters are used. If a patient only needs assistance for a limited amount of time, it is wise to use this type of catheter. The particular catheter for shorter amounts of use will vary. Intermittent catheters are designed to be as non-invasive as possible.

In closing, catheters are highly adaptable medical supplies. The type of catheter used will depend upon the condition of the patients. The elderly will commonly need more long term solutions, perhaps something used externally. In situations where the patient can not empty the bag, an internal solution might be better. Sometimes, patients only require urinary assistance for a short amount of time. During these short periods, intermittent catheters are frequently used.