Community leader Daniel Jenkins and the benefits of an all-in-one kit

Posted by Chris Bridgman, November 16 2017

Daniel Jenkins needs to be out in his town every day. As a pastor, he supports his community and often makes home visits. Paralysed after an operation 12 years ago, Daniel lost sensation in his lower abdomen, including bladder control. In this post, he explains how an all-in-one catheter kit gives him peace of mind and allows him to fulfil his obligations.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, CIC, travelling with catheters, Spina Bifida, sci, All-in-one kit

Disposable catheters have given me the feeling of being normal again

Posted by Kissinger Deng, April 7 2017

Born in Southern Sudan, injured in Egypt and living in Norway, I have experienced many kinds of medical care. This is my journey to a working bladder routine after suffering a spinal cord injury.

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Topics: Catheter, Spinal cord injury, CIC, Bladder management

What’s the best way to ensure quality in urology care?

Posted by Helene Klasson, March 25 2017

If you ask the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) they would say: Guidelines. We took the opportunity to talk to Susanne Vahr, Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital of Copenhagen, but also a board member of EAUN, responsible for the EAUN guidelines.

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Topics: CIC

Travel tips: Spread your wings and fly with me!

Posted by Kissinger Deng, December 8 2016

Having suffered a SCI at age 16, Kissinger Deng knows the pitfalls involved in flying as a wheel chair user. A Paralympian, he flies often as the goal keeper for the Oslo Sledge Hockey team. Here he shares his tips for a hassle-free travel experience.

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Topics: CIC, catheterization, travel, Kissinger Deng

Improving SCI care in Nepal

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 15 2016

Suffering a Spinal Cord Injury is a devastating and life-altering event for anyone, but in developing countries with limited healthcare systems, it’s even more fatal. We talked to Mandira Baniya, Nursing Supervisor at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Center in Nepal.

Mandira has performed a unique study on intermittent catheterization in Nepal. Among other remarkable findings, her study states that 96% of the participants reuse their disposable catheters, and that 73% don’t have accessible toilets.

Find out more about Mandira Baniya and her study in this blog post!

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Topics: CIC, sci

Being a Paralympic nurse

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 1 2016

Not only the athletes are making it to the Paralympics in Rio this year – there are also a whole team of nurses and other medical staff on site. We got hold of Bev Everton, a nurse with the British Paralympic team. Bev always keep a survival kit in her bag, but not the kind you think…

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Topics: CIC, travel, Bowel therapy, bowel management

To be a kid with spinal cord injury

Posted by Helene Klasson, June 23 2016

She was injured in a car accident at the age of five – today she is 19 and a promising handball player, living her life to the fullest. But it wasn’t always easy to be a child with a spinal cord injury.

This is Julia Johansson’s inspiring story.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, CIC

Emergency at 30,000 feet

Posted by Kent Revedal, June 16 2016

It’s an early December day and I have just boarded an aircraft between Stockholm and Frankfurt. It’s a two hour flight. Short and smooth. No risk of needing to use the toilet during the flight.

It turns out the flight is delayed since we do not leave the gate at the planned time. 15 minutes later the captain announces that due to snowstorms in Europe we have been scheduled for a slot much later. At the moment we may not be able to leave Stockholm for another 3.5 hours.

That’s when I realize I have forgotten to bring my urinary bag onboard. I feel the panic growing inside of me as I know that during these short flights there is no aisle chair that can transport me to the toilet...

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Topics: CIC, travel, travelling with catheters

The environmental footprint of catheters

Posted by Helene Klasson, June 2 2016

In a perfect world, urinary catheters would be environmentally friendly enough to flush down the toilet, but not yet achievable. But there are ways to reduce the environmental footprint of catheters!


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Topics: CIC

The fighter pilot who faced an unexpected battle

Posted by Anna Westberg, May 25 2016

The year is 1983, and Stefan has just finished the Swedish military service. On a whim, he applies for fighter pilot training. A few tense weeks later, he and eleven other young men are notified that they have been accepted—he is overjoyed! 

Some years later the first symtoms began to emerge and eventually he was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). This is the story about Stefan Granholm, still fighting battles, but of a totally other kind.

Photo: Maria Granlund

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Topics: CIC, MS

What is a Neurogenic Bladder?

Posted by Chris Bridgman, May 17 2016

Most of us take the healthy functioning of our bladder for granted, but impairment of bladder function can be a deeply troubling cause of daily anxiety if you have a Neurogenic Bladder.  

In this post, we shall look at the symptoms and available treatments for managing the Neurogenic Bladder.

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Topics: CIC, Neurogenic bladder

Take control of your water balance

Posted by Helene Klasson, May 4 2016

Water is the only drink for a wise man, Henry David Thoreau said... and we agree!

Water supports kidney and bladder functions, helps prevent constipation, and makes it easier to maintain your weight as water reduces cravings for other more calorie-dense drinks. Water also helps those with tetraplegia to manage low blood pressure issues.

So let’s dive into the essentials!

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Topics: CIC, Clean Intermittent Catheterization, Health

The importance of a good start

Posted by Kent Revedal, April 28 2016

It´s February 1992 and on the PA system I hear ”Bob en piste”. I am in Albertville, France, during the olympics and for some obscure reason I ended up watching the 4-man bob-sleigh. We shall not go into detail about that story for the sake of you readers...

However, something became very clear to me when I saw these olympic athletes competing. The first thing they measured was the starting time, basically how fast they were able to run to a certain point and then get into the Bob. The top teams always had the best start times. Those who were way behind these first few seconds had no chance to win any medals. The race was not won during the first few seconds but a good start was important to stand a chance during the rest of the race.

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Topics: CIC

A look into the future of catheterization

Posted by Helene Klasson, April 22 2016

This time we will do some trend spotting, and what could be better than discussing the future with someone who made history, revolutionizing catheterization with the hydrophilic catheter – Jan Utas.

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Topics: CIC

When it doesn't show – about invisible disabilities

Posted by Sabina Dahlstrom, March 31 2016

Millions of people around the world have some kind of disability. In many cases it is impossible to tell, just by looking at someone.
These invisible impairments are limiting in one way or another, even though it is not obvious to others.
So let’s focus beyond the visible!

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, CIC

How MS affects the bladder

Posted by Helene Klasson, March 8 2016

Did you know that 8 out of 10 people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience bladder problems? And that the risk of developing MS is significantly higher for women than for men?

So, with the International Women’s Day in mind, we will put extra focus on MS and the bladder today!

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Topics: CIC, Diagnos, MS

How a spinal cord injury can affect your bladder

Posted by Helene Klasson, February 25 2016

When you see someone in a wheelchair, you notice the obvious – this person can’t walk. But that’s just one issue, and not even the highest ranking that most people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) must negotiate.

Very often bladder and bowel problems are ranked as bigger obstacles than the ability to walk.
Learn more about the connection between SCI and the bladder in this blog post.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, CIC

How to choose the right catheter

Posted by Helene Klasson, February 18 2016

It might seem like a jungle out there, but let us help you point out the most important things to think about, when choosing the right catheter.

After a while CIC (Clean Intermittent Catheterization) becomes a part of your everyday life and emptying your bladder should therefore be as easy and comfortable as possible.

The catheter has to fit your needs, which means that there isn’t one specific type or model that is right for everyone. But there is some common, and important, advice.

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Topics: CIC

Expert tips for a healthy life with a spinal cord injury

Posted by Helene Klasson, February 11 2016

It could be said in one sentence: The most important for your health and well-being (within your own control) is regular exercise, good sleep, varied food, daily routines, pauses for rest and relaxation, socializing with people you like and moderate alcohol intake. And still it can be so hard to live by…

This advice goes for everyone, regardless if you have a disability or not. But with a physical disability your lifestyle is even more important.

That’s why we asked the Spinalis foundation, the true experts on living with a Spinal Cord Injury, for guidance!

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Topics: CIC, Life style, Health

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