He is on a walker and goes in a urinal by his bed. If you don't know the answer, please let me know who I can contact that would know. Thank you,


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Men and catheters--ugh, a challenging combo.

My DH had one after his liver transplant and he complained more about that than anything.

Until they removed it and then gave him a whopping dose of Lasix. The one night I left early and my son 'sat vigil' with his dad. We can laugh about it now, but that night, I guess he had to stand to use the urinal and he voided off 30 lbs of fluid in 10 hrs. They could not get another catheter in, so he learned a lesson, I guess.

I'd personally prefer to care for someone who needs a urinal than anything else. Those 'external caths' really do leak more than not, the supra pubic are a bit of serious work to keep clean and keep your patient from fussing at them and a permanent one can be just simply miserable--setting up a person for non stop infections.

Does dad have a bed that can be raised and lowered? Raising the bed slightly and letting gravity help makes using the urinal easier.
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Reply to Midkid58

It's unclear to my why he would fall when using the urinal but if it is because he is unsteady and needs a handhold then some kind of bed assist rail like this might help

There are many, many other styles available
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Reply to cwillie

My husband had a supra pubic catheter(which is a permanent catheter, put in surgically). The only thing I had to do was empty his catheter bag twice a day(morning and evening). The supra pubic catheter does have to changed out every 4-6 weeks. You can have a nurse come change it or take him to his urologists office to have them do it, if you don't want to do it yourself. I didn't personally want that responsibility, so I had his hospice nurse do it. Prior to my husband being under hospice care, the home health agency I was talking to, said that their nurse could do it as well. Please talk to an urologist to figure out what might be best for your husband. Best wishes.
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Reply to funkygrandma59

Take this issue to your doctor first of all, and see if some rehab might help. There are what is called "condom catheters" which fit on just as a condom would, and which drain into a bag. There are problems with this method. They often leak. They are applied with a sort of adhesive that can be irritating, and they keep the the entire area moist and prone to fungus. They are a last resort. And of course you cannot be catheterizing frequently with an indwelling catheter due to difficulty with this method; they are not easy to insert without special training, and it is a sterile procedure; even with best practice, each time a catheter is inserted one is open to infection.
There are incontinence pants to be considered and also a urinal at the chairside, but this means spillage and other problems.
Speak with a doctor about the problems you are facing. If falls are happening or are feared there may be a way to improve things. I am wishing you luck with some answer that might work for you.
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