Proactive Tips for Preventing UTIs When Using Catheters

For individuals who use catheters as part of their medical routine, preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. At Active Life Medical, we understand the importance of proactive care. In this blog, we’ll explore common symptoms of UTIs, delve into why catheter users are more susceptible to these infections, and provide essential tips for minimizing the risks.

 

Common Symptoms of UTIs:

  1. Pain or burning sensation during urination
  2. Frequent urge to urinate
  3. Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  4. Lower abdominal pain or discomfort
  5. Fever and fatigue

Why Catheter Users Are at Higher Risk:

People who use catheters face an increased risk of UTIs due to the direct access of bacteria into the urinary tract. The catheter creates a pathway for germs to enter the body, potentially leading to infection. Additionally, prolonged catheter use may cause irritation and damage to the urethra, making it easier for bacteria to cause UTIs.

 

Tips for Preventing UTIs When Using Catheters:

  1. Maintain proper hygiene: Wash hands thoroughly before handling catheters.
  2. Use sterile techniques: Follow a sterile catheterization process to reduce the risk of introducing bacteria.
  3. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help flush out bacteria from the urinary tract.
  4. Empty the bladder regularly: Avoid holding urine for extended periods to minimize bacterial growth.
  5. Choose the right catheter: Select a catheter type and size recommended by your healthcare professional.
  6. Rotate catheterization sites: Alternate between different insertion points to reduce the risk of irritation.
  7. Keep catheter secure and clean: Ensure proper fixation and cleanliness to prevent contamination.
  8. Regularly check catheter and drainage bags: Monitor for any signs of wear, tear, or blockage.

Contact Active Life Medical:

At Active Life Medical, your well-being is our priority. We work with insurances to get catheter coverage for you. If you have questions or need support regarding catheter usage and UTI prevention, feel free to contact us. Call us at (800) 319-2336 or use our convenient contact form on our website. Our dedicated team is here to assist you in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

Preventing UTIs while using catheters requires a proactive approach. By incorporating these tips into your routine and staying vigilant about your urinary health, you can significantly reduce the risk of UTIs. Remember, at Active Life Medical, we’re here to support you on your journey to optimal well-being.