If you or a loved one require a catheter for any reason, it’s important to educate yourself about these medical tools. All forms of medical equipment have a “right” and “wrong” to be used, and improper use or care can create serious issues for the patient. That’s why it’s critical that you are properly educated on how to use and manage a catheter.
This video provides a brief overview of how a urinary catheter works. This is a good starting point and reference source to help you ease into the process. However, your education cannot end here. You must discuss all the details of catheter usage with your doctor (or your loved one’s doctor). Only a medical professional can educate you on the proper use and maintenance of equipment like this.
If you have additional questions or concerns that arise, your doctor will be able to answer them. Getting used to a catheter can be an unusual and uncomfortable experience, but educating yourself can ease a lot of that discomfort and worry.