The Ultimate Sheath System Recap
Missed our previous “How-to” Articles? Still have questions regarding your sheath system? Don’t panic, Great Bear have you covered with this useful recap on everything you need to know.
What Is a Condom Catheter?
A condom catheter or sheath is an external urinary catheter that are worn like a condom. They collect urine as it drains out of your bladder and send it to a collection bag strapped to your leg. They’re typically used by men who have urinary incontinence (can’t control their bladder).
What Should I Know About When Using a Condom Catheter?
Condom catheters are made of several different materials. Do not use a latex catheter if you are allergic to latex. Different types of condom catheters attach to your penis in different ways. Some catheters have a Velcro attachment, and other catheters attach with medical tape. Do not use adhesive tape. Always use the condom catheter as directed.
Who Would Use a Condom Catheter?
Condom catheters are aimed to cater for men who have the ability to drain urine but don’t have the ability to control when it is released. Some conditions that can cause this are urinary incontinence, overactive bladder (OAB), Dementia, or conditions that can cause mobility issues. The condom catheter can not be used for people with conditions that cause urinary retention.
If you’re considering a condom catheter, it’s important to have an assessment with a healthcare professional.
Key Benefits to Using Our Libra Sheath
Many people find that condom catheters are a lot more comfortable than indwelling catheters, as they are non-invasive. An external catheter is also less prone to catheter-associated urinary-tract infections (UTIs) which can be common when using indwelling catheters.
A condom catheter provides an alternative to incontinence pads for many individuals. condom catheters, where used successfully, can offer an improved quality of life and greater dignity over pads. Male incontinence is a neglected area and pads are commonly used where a condom catheter would be a more comfortable option.
The ease of applying and removing the condom catheter can be the main motivation for many people. Once you’ve had an assessment and indicated the correct sizing, most people are able to apply and remove the sheath independently.
Top Five Condom Catheter Tips
- If the external catheter leaks at any stage, book an assessment with a specialist Nightingale nurse. It’s likely to be a sizing issue.
- Always keep the urine bag or valve lower than the level of the condom catheter to avoid back flow.
- Hygiene is essential. Always thoroughly wash your hands before applying and removing the condom catheter, ensuring it does not touch any surfaces once opened.
- Always check the specific manufacturer’s directions for use and relevant fitting instructions. Different condom catheters can vary in shape and sizes depending on the manufacturer.
- See our very own Great Bear User Guide for more information on how to fit, remove and maintain your Libra Sheath, with answers included to some questions that may be on your mind.