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External Catheters

  1. CathWear Underwear: Improving the Lives of Catheter Users

    CathWear Medical Underwear

    In this insightful look at CathWear Underwear, learn how it is quickly becoming the go-to solution for supporting and disguising urinary leg bags.

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  2. Female External Catheters May Prevent Catheter-Associated UTIs

    Female External Catheters May Prevent Catheter-Associated UTIs

    Learn more about how female external catheters like the Purewick System can help prevent the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

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  3. How to Choose and Use an External Catheter

    For people who suffer from urinary conditions related to illness, injury, or disease, catheters can be a necessary part of life. They are used to eliminate urine from the bladder through the urethra or a small incision in the abdomen. The type of catheter required depends largely on the medical reason for needing one, the patient's gender, and the length of time it will stay in place.
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  4. Conveen® Optima offers a reliable and discreet option for male urinary incontinence

    Conveen® Optima offers a reliable and discreet option for male urinary incontinence

    This article is sponsored by Coloplast.

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  5. Cure Catheters Going Above and Beyond

    Allegro Medical and Cure Medical have teamed up to provide consumers with a unique incontinence experience. Cure Medical invests into both manufacturing technology and research to find the perfect product for their users.  This dedication came straight from the founder of Cure Medical. Bob Yant, founder of Cure Medical, suffered a C-5 spinal cord injury when he hit his head on a sandbar.  Being a catheter user himself, Bob wanted a product that was different and more comfortable than what the market had to offer. He created what the Cure Catheter is today. Since the day of his injury, Bob became dependent on others and wanted to give back to find a cure. He has committed 10% of all Cure Medical’s net profits to be donated to spinal cord research. Now many devoted scientists can pursue their research and ideas with these donations 1.

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  6. Can intermittent catheter use increase the risk of bladder cancer?

    Can intermittent catheter use increase the risk of bladder cancer?

    In the spinal cord injury (SCI) population bladder cancer incidence is around 3% versus the less than 1% in the general population.  Although bladder cancer typically is 100 times more likely in SCI individuals, it is still rather uncommon.  Survivors of spinal cord injury have more concerns with complications of pressure sores, kidney failure and spinal cord cysts.  The risk of bladder cancer increases with the use of a “foley” or “indwelling” catheter or even a suprapubic catheter.  The main culprit for bladder cancer is bladder irritation.  Recurrent or frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections, repeat bladder stones, and irritation resulting from catheters are known bladder irritants.  Consult your doctor about your risk of developing bladder cancer if you use catheters especially foley or suprapubic.  Your urologist can inspect your bladder, which is recommended around 5 years after your SCI. 1,2

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  7. Understanding the 3 Types of Urinary Catheters

    Understanding the 3 Types of Urinary Catheters

    Urinary catheters are divided into three main types: External, Intermittent, and Indwelling.  Depending on the patient, and application, picking the best catheter requires an understanding of the variations and benefits provided by each.

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  8. The Magic behind the Magic Bullet

    The Magic behind the Magic Bullet

    One of the top selling items on is the Magic Bullet Suppository. Many similar products out on the market are oil based, but the Magic Bullet is a water soluble bisacodyl made from Polyethylene Glycol. This seemingly minor yet important change in the product makeup has a significant impact on bowel stimulation.  Anyone who has ever had to use laxatives, especially those with spinal cord injuries (SPI), knows that time is of the essence.

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  9. Experimental Drug Helps Mice With Spinal Cord Injuries

    Millions of people around the world suffer from severe spinal cord injuries that result in permanent loss of control of their arms or legs, or loss of bladder, bowel or sexual functions. Now, US researchers have developed an oral medication that offers hope that some of these lost functions could be regained. When given to laboratory mice shortly after a spinal cord injury, the drug restored the animals' mobility.

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  10. Bionic suit offers spinal cord injury patients help walking

    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new bionic suit is helping paralyzed patients walk. It's the first time this technology has been available in Southern California. It's giving one man the use of his legs again.

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