Gain insight into urology products such as catheters and read stories about urological health and other bladder related topics.
October 27, 2021 | Urology
Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidneys and need to be passed through the urinary tract or removed. Learn common causes and how to help prevent kidney stones from wound, ostomy and continence nurse, Cheryl Hutton, with CHC Solutions, Inc.
August 26, 2021 | Urology
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can disrupt the urinary process. For example, nervous system messages coming to or from the bladder may not work. Because of this, some people with SCIs cannot tell when their bladders are full, or they may not be able to release urine on command.
July 27, 2021 | Urology
A catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) occurs when germs (usually bacteria) enter the urinary tract through the urinary catheter and cause infection. According to the CDC, CAUTIs have been associated with increased illness, healthcare costs and hospital length of stay.
May 25, 2021 | Urology
Cheryl Hutton wound, ostomy and continence nurse with CHC Solutions, Inc., discusses what you may want when creating a catheterization travel kit. “Compact intermittent catheters don’t take up much space in your bag or purse. When you are away from home, you may want to bring more than just your catheters to ensure that you can catheterize in a safe and convenient way regardless of the bathroom facilities,” said Hutton.
April 23, 2021 | Urology
A coudé catheter has a curved tip so that it can be inserted easily. This is helpful for those who may have variations in their anatomy such as strictures (an abnormal narrowing of a body passage), scarring, narrow urethra (the tube through which urine leaves the body) or an enlarged prostate. Men and children are the primary users of coudé catheters, although many people may need to use these curved tips.
March 30, 2021 | Urology
Intermittent catheterization drains urine from the bladder by inserting a tube through the urethra into the bladder. Sometimes bladders do not completely empty and as a result, catheterization may be recommended. Physicians prescribe the size and type of intermittent catheter you should use. They also set the schedule for when you should catheterize.
February 22, 2021 | Urology
Catheterization is recommended when a bladder does not completely empty on its own. It is to help preserve your health and prevent urinary tract infections. Reading these helpful tips and FAQs for catheterization can help you on your way to living out your best life.
November 13, 2020 | Urology
Prescribing catheterization to those with a neurogenic bladder or urinary tract issue occurs often. When catheterizing, if you do not empty your bladder properly, you can increase your risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI). We spoke with Cheryl Hutton, a wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOCN) with CHC Solutions, Inc., to learn the signs of UTIs and how to reduce them.
October 20, 2020 | Urology
Urology for children with spina bifida is changing for the better. Today, these children are less likely to have issues with incontinence. The strategy behind this is to emphasize early catherization and preventive treatment to preserve both kidney and bladder function.
September 8, 2020 | Urology
Millions of Americans have a kidney or urologic problem, according to the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America. These problems can range from urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetic nephropathy and kidney stones to inflammation of the kidney and urinary incontinence.
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America provides multiple resources on its website for patients and caregivers.
August 18, 2020 | Urology
Those who use catheters are susceptible to urinary tract infections (UTIs) but intermittent catheterization should help most individuals avoid or reduce UTIs, according to Cheryl Hutton, a wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOC nurse) with CHC Solutions, Inc.
May 13, 2020 | Urology
Teenagers and young adults unable to properly empty their bladder who use clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) don’t want to feel alone. So, the Boston Children’s Hospital’s departments of urology and psychology created something called the Self-Cathing Experience Journal.
May 11, 2020 | Urology
When someone develops a urinary tract infection (UTI), the linings of the bladder, urethra, ureter and kidneys may become red and swollen. While some older children might complain of pain in the low stomach area or back, many also will cry when they urinate, complain that it hurts to urinate or pass only a few drops.
March 19, 2020 | Urology
Bowel and bladder management can be distressing for a child with Spina Bifida. Staying clean is important to the child’s skin and well-being, as well as social acceptance. But what happens when that child is out of their home or typical environment overnight?
February 17, 2020 | Urology
If a woman needs assistance with self-catheterization, there are places they can turn. For one, they can visit https://www.saintlukeskc.org/health-library/discharge-instructions-self-catheterization-women.
December 27, 2019 | Urology
Millions of Americans live with neurogenic bladders and have issues controlling their bladder, according to the Urology Care Foundation. Many, adults and children alike, use intermittent catheterization to help manage their conditions and maintain their lifestyles.