What is an all-in-one kit?

Posted by Chris Bridgman, October 12 2017

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Why is it needed?

I live an active life, travelling a lot, and sometimes I find myself in places without accessible toilets. That is when I appreciate using an all-in-one kit. 

I prefer a kit over separate components that must be assembled, especially when I’m travelling as it greatly reduces the risk of leakage - Kent

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A urinary catheter is used to drain the urinary bladder when it cannot be emptied normally. This process is called catheterization and can be necessary after surgery, during hospitalization, or if you have one of the diagnoses listed below.

An all-in-one kit contains everything you need to perform catheterization. It is intended for single use and combines:

  • a catheter
  • a collection bag

The all-in-one kit is useful for users who have received one or more of the following diagnoses:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spina bifida
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinsons
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Incontinence

An all-in-one kit can be useful if the user:

  • Does not have immediate access to a toilet
  • Uses a wheel chair
  • Has difficulty leaving the bed

A good kit should preferably be:

  • Easy to use, as some of the above diagnoses will impair hand function
  • Promotes hygienic catheterization by avoiding contamination from direct contact with the catheter 
  • Discreet
  • Watertight: An all-in-one kit is self contained with no risk of leaking

Travelling

An all-in-one kit is especially usefull when travelling on long journeys as there is no need to pack seperate components and the kit can be disposed of when convenient.

Related: Travel tips for those who use catheters

Hand function

With a spinal cord injury or Multiple sclerosis, there are often attendant mobility issues and limited hand function. An all-in-one kit is designed to aid gaining a good grip, especially for people with limited or weakened dexterity.

Toilet Access

If a user has limited mobility, uses a wheel chair, or finds it difficult to move from the bed, an all-in-one kit provides a convenient method of emptying the bladder.

Learn more about living with catheterization

 

 

Topics: travelling with catheters, All-in-one kit