The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention state that a urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that involves any of the organs or structures of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Some of the common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are burning or pain in the lower abdomen, fever, burning during urination, or an increase in the frequency of urination. UTIs are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and are most often caused by the placement or presence of a catheter in the urinary tract.
How do you reduce UTIs if you rely on intermittent catheters to drain your bladder?
No matter how well you wash a catheter, studies show that reusing the catheter can increase the chances of a UTI. Intermittent catheters are designed to be used one time, and then disposed of. This practice of using a new catheter each time can greatly reduce the amount of bacteria that is introduced into your bladder, which can reduce the chances for a UTI. Most insurance companies cover single use catheters including Medicare and Medicaid.
A closed system catheter allows for someone to insert the catheter without ever exposing it to your hands or even the air. The catheter is enclosed in a drainage bag that allows someone to advance the catheter from outside the bag. Most closed systems also include an introducer tip, which can reduce UTIs with the bypassing of the urethral opening where bacteria are most common.
Many closed system catheters come with insertion supplies, but for those that don’t and for people using a straight catheter, insertion supplies can be packaged separately. Insertion supplies typically include gloves, a benzalkonium chloride wipe, an underpad, a drainage bag, and a packet of lubricating jelly.
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Wheeler's is a reputable firm specializing in catheter and incontinence supplies. Though they are a complete medical supply company, they have been noted to subspecialize in neurogenic bladder disorders, specifically those involving spinal cord injury. We plan on including them as one of the supply services that we utilize here in the Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic in Florida.Steven P, M.D.
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Their service and patient interactions have added considerable to patient's understanding of their chronic medical conditions involving the bladder. The company has provided patients excellent service with same day delivery. Their knowledge of the catheters has aided patients in selecting catheters and has added to their overall education. Without their service, the alternative vendors are not interactive or helpful.Douglas S, M.D., FACS
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Wheeler’s Medical has provided a peace of mind when it comes to reliability. I know I will get my supplies on time and exactly what I ordered. The comfort of knowing that I can speak to someone who can understand and appreciate the struggles that come with having a spinal cord injury is priceless.Amelia N
Here is why I continually use Wheeler's- unparalleled customer service, knowledge based on first-hand experience, and it's locally owned.Michael F
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I've been getting my supplies through Wheeler’s for a little over a year now and couldn't be happier with their services. Dealing with them is fast, easy, and worry free.Chris H
Wheeler's has helped me maintain my health and independence through their urological supplies. Not only by helping me get the type of one-time use catheters I need, but also bringing me extra supplies in the event I run out before my shipment arrives. They are always there for you when you need them!Joe S