A urinary catheter is a flexible tube used to drain urine from the bladder. Most catheters transfer urine to a drainage bag that can be emptied regularly but some can be inserted a few times a day (self-catheterisation) to empty urine straight into the toilet.
You may need to use a urinary catheter if you struggle to control when you urinate (leaking through incontinence) or if you are unable to empty your bladder due to urinary retention. Urinary catheterisation may be necessary for the any of the following reasons:
It is vital to seek medical attention in the case of infection/allergy as septicaemia is life-threatening. Your doctor may require a blood or urine samples to test for infection (remove the catheter and obtain a midstream sample, or obtain from needleless site).
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):
Symptoms of Kidney Infection. Same as with UTI but may include the added symptoms:
Symptoms of Septicaemia
In the case of kidney infection/septicaemia, it is vital to seek urgent medical care.
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