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The Holiday Season is often a good reason for travelling. Leaving your home when you have to catheterize requires that you make some extra preparations for both your journey and stay.  Here are some things to make your trip much easier:

Pack smart:

Long travels can be a challenge. SpeediCath Compact Catheters are great for travelling, as they don’t take up much space in your bag.  SpeediCath Compact Set is a discreet catheter with a bag attached, which is a great alternative to limited access to washrooms.

       

Prepare for airport security:

Some catheters contain liquids. Bring a travel certificate that says that your baggage contains medical devices. You can request one here.

Have a safe trip! Enjoy you’re your holiday season!

Talk to your physician to choose the catheter design that best meets your needs.

Important Safety Information: SpeediCath Cathetesr are indicated for use by patients with chronic urine retention and patients with a post void residual volume (PVR) due to neurogenic and non-neurogenic voiding dysfunction. The catheter is inserted into the urethra to reach the bladder allowing urine to drain. The device is intended for females only. Choose the catheter design that you and your physician decide will best meet your unique needs. Patients performing self-catheterization should follow the advice of, and direct questions about use of the product to, their medical professional. Before using the device, carefully read the product labels and information accompanying the device including the instructions for use which contain additional safety information. The SpeediCath catheter is for single-use only; discard it after use. If you experience symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or are unable to pass the catheter into the bladder, contact your healthcare professional. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk to your healthcare provider. For further information, call Coloplast Canada Corporation at 1-877-820-7008 and/or consult the company website at www.coloplast.ca.





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Summer is often a good reason for travelling.  Leaving your home when you have to catheterize requires that you make some extra preparations for both your journey and stay.  Here are some things to make your trip much easier:

Pack smart:

Long travels can be a challenge.  SpeediCath Compact Catheters are great for travelling, as they don’t take up much space in your bag.  SpeediCath Compact Set is a discreet catheter with a bag attached, which is a great alternative to limited access to washrooms.

Prepare for airport security:

Some catheters contain liquids. Bring a travel certificate that says that your baggage contains medical devices.  You can request one here                                           

Read more about summer tips and tricks

Have a safe trip!  Enjoy your summer!

Talk to your physician to choose the catheter design that best meets your needs.                           

Important Safety Information: SpeediCath Cathetesr are indicated for use by patients with chronic urine retention and patients with a post void residual volume (PVR) due to neurogenic and non-neurogenic voiding dysfunction. The catheter is inserted into the urethra to reach the bladder allowing urine to drain. The device is intended for females only. Choose the catheter design that you and your physician decide will best meet your unique needs. Patients performing self-catheterization should follow the advice of, and direct questions about use of the product to, their medical professional. Before using the device, carefully read the product labels and information accompanying the device including the instructions for use which contain additional safety information. The SpeediCath catheter is for single-use only; discard it after use. If you experience symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or are unable to pass the catheter into the bladder, contact your healthcare professional. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk to your healthcare provider. For further information, call Coloplast Canada Corporation at 1-877-820-7008 and/or consult the company website at www.coloplast.ca.

 

Taking Care of Your Bowel

Finding a reliable way to empty your bowel is essential in order to avoid unwanted complications like bowel leakage and constipation. Having a good bowel management routine may improve your physical and emotional well-being and help you to have regular and comfortable bowel movements, prevent bowel leakage and constipation and improve your quality of life.

To manage both bowel leakage and constipation, there are a number of treatment options available in increasing order of invasiveness:

  • Conservative treatment, such as moderating diet and fluid intake and/or taking medication
  • Digital stimulation
  • Trans anal irrigation, also known as bowel irrigation e.g Peristeen®
  • Sacral nerve stimulation
  • Antegrade colonic irrigation (ACE)
  • Sacral anterior root stimulation
  • Stoma

Peristeen® anal irrigation system
Coloplast’s bowel irrigation system, Peristeen®*

Peristeen is a transanal irrigation system for people who suffer from fecal incontinence and constipation. Using Peristeen minimizes the likelihood of involuntary bowel leakage and/or constipation.

Peristeen empties the bowel by introducing water into the bowel using a rectal catheter. This is performed while sitting on the toilet. The water stimulates the muscles in the bowel and flushes out the stool, leaving the lower half of the bowel empty. Peristeen empties the bowel so that it prevents fecal incontinence and constipation for up two days.

As it only requires water, Peristeen is an effective alternative to other bowel management methods which call for the use of medication. It can be administered on your own or with assistance and enables you to decide when and where you want to empty your bowel. Used routinely, daily or every other day, it can help reduce the physical discomfort and mental worry that fecal incontinence and constipation bring, making it easier to take part in work and social activities.

Click here to learn more about Peristeen, call Coloplast at 1-866-293-6349

*Important Safety Information:  Peristeen® empties the bowel by introducing water into the bowel using a rectal catheter. The anal irrigation procedure should always be carried out with care. Bowel perforation is an extremely rare, but serious and potentially lethal complication to anal irrigation and will require immediate admission to hospital, often requiring surgery. The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk to your healthcare provided to understand the risks and benefits to determine if Peristeen is right for you. This treatment is prescribed by your physician. Although many patients benefit from the use of this device, results may vary.

Minimize your risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)

Follow these advice and minimize your risk of urinary tract infections (UTI)

There are a number of precautions that might help you prevent recurring urinary tract infections.

Get enough fluids

Every person needs daily fluids to maintain their health- drinking 6-8 glasses of fluids each day is the usual recommended amount, but it is not for everyone. 

You should first consult with your healthcare provider to determine the amount that is best for you based on your individual medical condition(s). Beverages containing caffeine (cola, coffee, tea and some energy drinks) and artificial sweeteners are known bladder irritants and may need to be kept to a minimum.

Why?
Drinking lots of water dilutes the urine and flushes bacteria out of the bladder. If you regularly empty your bladder as directed by your healthcare provider, you may remove urine with potential bacteria each time you catheterize. Make sure you drain the bladder completely each time.

Maintain good personal hygiene

Always wash your hands thoroughly – especially before you use your intermittent catheter. Also, carefully clean around the urethral opening before inserting the catheter.

Why?
Bacteria from improper hand washing, or bacteria near the urethral opening, can be introduced into the urinary tract when using a catheter.

Regularly empty your bladder completely as prescribed by your healthcare provider

Maintaining your catheterization schedule may help in the prevention of urinary tract infections.

Why?
Staying on a regular schedule and emptying your bladder completely with intermittent catheterization, reduces the amount of urine sitting in the bladder and the time that urine is left to sit stagnant in your bladder Each time you catheterize you remove urine in the bladder along with any bacteria that may be present.  

Tip:

Every once in a while, measure the amount of urine you empty. The goal is to keep the catheterized urine at a volume (400ml) which avoids overstretching the bladder and prevents leaking. If you empty more than this amount, ask your healthcare provider if you need to use intermittent catheterization more often.

Use a sterile catheter every time you catheterize

Use a new, sterile, well-lubricated (hydrophilic coated or pre-lubricated) catheter, time you catheterize to lessen friction as you insert and remove your catheter.

Why?
A well-lubricated, (hydrophilic coated or pre-lubricated) catheter may make the process more comfortable and may lessen the friction during insertion and withdrawal of the catheter.

If you – despite all these precautions – still suffer from frequent UTI’s, talk to your health care provider.

SpeediCath® catheters are the first ready-to-use in Canada!

SpeediCath are sterile, hydrophilic and ready to use.

SpeediCath, SpeediCath Compact and SpeediCath Compact Set catheters have one thing in common – they are all designed with users’ needs in mind.

Brief statement: SpeediCath catheters are indicated for use by patients with chronic urine retention and patients with a post void residual volume (PVR) due to neurogenic and non-neurogenic voiding dysfunction. The catheter is inserted into the urethra to reach the bladder allowing urine to drain. This is a single use only product. Patients are to contact their healthcare professional before performing self-catheterization for the first time and follow the instructions carefully. See the device manual for further information or, call Coloplast Canada Corporation at 1-877-820-7008 and/or consult the company website at www.coloplast.ca.

Why intermittent catheterization can make socializing easier

Nurturing friendships and being social may be overwhelming and challenging when you are dealing with bladder problems- especially when having to leave your home.

It is natural to feel insecure when leaving the house for long periods of time. Going out and participating in activities where you have less control over the situation and where it can be difficult to find the required privacy, might challenge your feeling of security with your bladder routine.

When you use intermittent catheters you can plan your day,

and ensure that your bladder is emptied when you want to empty it instead of at inconvenient times. With some practice, it can be done quickly and you won’t be away for any longer than anyone else going for a bathroom break. Often times this means that most people would not need to know anything about your catheterization routine if you don’t want them to. It could be helpful if you have a few close friends who are aware of your situation. That way, when you have to catheterize- it may be less stressful for you and you can be yourself and do what you have to do without making up excuses.

What if I’m at a friend’s house?

If you are at a friend’s house you might worry about privacy when using the bathroom. When you need to get rid of the used catheter, it is helpful to have some coloured plastic bags with you to wrap the catheter in after use so you can discard it or take it home with you. You can also get catheters that are compact and discreet, so you can just have them in your pocket – even after they have been used.

Coloplast offers compact and discreet catheters for men and women. To request a free sample, click here

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