Science Alert: Intermittent catheterization – A multipurpose therapy

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, September 19 2017

At a first glance, assisted urine voiding through catheterization may seem like an unnatural thing. If, however, the evidence surrounding intermittent catheterization (a more technical name for it) is studied, it becomes clear that this is indeed something useful. New research reveals that intermittent catheterization is a central part of many treatment regimens. In this month’s Science Alert we look into some of them.  

Three newly published studies highlight the use of intermittent catheterization in children. The therapy is identified as a central treatment option for urological management of children with spina bifida, but it is also recognized as a suitable and central option in resource-poor settings. In another, more resource-strong setting, evidence in favor of hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent use has been found. The evidence suggests that hydrophilic-coated catheters decrease the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), as compared to non-coated catheters, when used for intermittent catheterization in children with neurogenic bladder. 

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Topics: Science Alert, UTI, CAUTI

Hassan's Remarkable Recovery

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 5 2017

The doctors attending to Hassan had not heard from him in a long time; with his extensive injuries and constant battling of infection, they feared the worse. But the most remarkable recovery had occurred. This is how it happened…

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, UTI, Intermittent Catheterization

Science Alert: Urinary tract infection (UTI) – Invincible or possible to defeat?

Posted by Maria Åberg Håkansson, June 20 2017

The battle against urinary tract infections (UTIs) is on. UTIs are a heavy burden for many: the healthcare system, society and, not least, the individual.

Recurrent problems are common among people with spinal cord injury and patients suffering from incomplete bladder emptying. The link between catheter use and UTI is also sufficiently strong to be defined by its own term, catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).

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Topics: Science Alert, UTI, CAUTI

5 ways to prevent catheter-associated UTI

Posted by Helene Klasson, January 13 2016

If you feel a burning pain when you pee, you might have a bladder infection. Most people who use catheters have experienced this unwelcome condition at least once, and it's tiresome to know that you most likely will get another one later on. 

But there are ways to avoid UTIs. Here are the best tips from some real experts— the European Association of Urology Nurses.


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Topics: Catheter, UTI, CIC, Stop UTI, catheterization, enCATHopedia, users, CAUTI's

How do I know that I have UTI?

Posted by Helene Klasson, January 7 2016

Recurrent urinary tract infections are painful and tiresome. And sadly it is an unwelcome companion for many people using catheters. But there are differences between the various therapies.

Bacteria has entered the bladder via the catheter and invaded the bladder wall, which cause symptoms.

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Topics: UTI, CIC, users