Blood in Catheter
The development of self-catheters has led to a better quality of life for many people. Self-catheters give users the freedom and accessibility to urinate when, and where, they choose to. While intermittent self- catheterization has a wide range of benefits such as increased independence, and lower rates of infection compared to indwelling catheters, there are occasional complications associated with self-cathing.
CompactCath is here to tell you about one of those complications (hematuria), and how to deal with it if it happens to you.
What is Hematuria?
Hematuria is the medical terminology that is used when blood is found in the urine. Hematuria can be used to describe a microscopic amount of blood such as only a few cells, or heavy bleeding. While some catheter users may notice blood clots in their urine collection bag, hematuria generally presents as urine that has red specks or a darker hue to it. Urine with a pink or red appearance, may be a sign that blood is appearing in your urine.
Why is There Blood in My Urine?
Blood can be found in the urine for a variety of reasons including urethral trauma, infection, and irritation. The urinary tract is a sensitive part of the body that is generally unexposed to foreign objects, so introducing a catheter into its fragile walls may cause damage and lead to bleeding. While occasional blood in the urine can occur with catheter use – it is important to always discuss your experience with your doctor to determine if there is an underlying medical condition that they should be aware of.
Can I Prevent Hematuria?
Hematuria occurrence in beginner catheter users is common. Often times, those who are just starting out need some practice inserting catheters, and can cause frequent irritation to the urethra. This frequent irritation creates friction, and can lead to abrasions and small tears throughout the urethra that may result in bleeding. If this sounds like your case, there is no need to panic! As you get used to using a catheter, your technique should improve, and the irritation caused to your urinary tract will diminish.
Using an adequate amount of lubrication, practicing proper catheter techniques, and understanding the basics of catheter hygiene are all important to preventing unwanted complications such as hematuria.
Self-catheterization is a relatively safe process, and signs of hematuria within new users are most commonly caused by irritation to the urethral tract. But it is important to be aware of warning signs that an underlying medical condition or problem may be occurring. Always promptly consult a physician if you notice heavy bleeding or blood clots, demonstrate pain or fever, or feel extreme resistance when inserting a catheter.
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