Urinary Retention Intermittent Catheterisation

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Helping you to manage your urinary retention

Urinary retention is the inability to urinate and is characterised by a poor urinary stream with intermittent flow, straining, a sense of incomplete voiding and hesitancy (a delay between trying to urinate and the flow actually beginning). Urinary retention can be caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract or by neurological problems that interfere with signals between the brain and the bladder. Complications in nerve signalling may impede important messages, such as a full bladder, reaching the brain. They may also prevent signals from the brain reaching the muscles in the bladder, making urination difficult. Urinary retention can also be caused by weak bladder muscle.

An effective solution may be intermittent urinary catheterisation, done by the patient himself or another person, a nurse or relative. This procedure allows to empty the bladder and thus to preserve the proper functioning of the kidneys.

Self catheterisation for an independent active life

The solution for many people affected by urinary dysfunction caused by neurological disease is intermittent self catheterisation. The patient introduces himself the catheter into his bladder in order to drain retained urine. The catheter is removed immediately after a complete drainage of the bladder. For each catheterisation (four to six times a day), a new catheter has to be used. Self-catheterisation gives the patient control of his baldder and to renew his self confidence as he becomes independent from family and health care assistance. In addition, catheterisation avoids urinary tract infections since the bladder is drained effectively and emptied completely.

Please be aware that intermittent self catheterisation should only be carried out under medical advice and only in accordance with given instructions. 

 

Actreen® catheters: Making urinary self catheterisation simple

Actreen® is a large range of ready-to-use intermittent catheters which are designed to be used by people in order to make urinary catheterisation simple. The user friendly packaging is easy to open, meaning that Actreen® catheters can be used even by person with reduced dexterity. Its pre-lubrication with a gentle lubricant ensures that Actreen® is comfortable and hygienic to use, without drips or mess from watery coatings used in some catheters. 

Please be aware that intermittent self catheterisation should only be carried out under medical advice and only in accordance with given instructions.