Tips on catheter schedules

Tips on catheter schedules

It is important to catheterize regularly to keep healthy and avoid leakage.

Most people who need intermittent catheterization do it 4-6 times a day or as often as prescribed by your healthcare provider. The best way to remember to catheterize is to get into a habit that fits in with your life. As a quick reminder, here are some things that may help you perfect and stick to your routine:

1. Link your intermittent catheterization routine to your regular daily activities, for example, brushing teeth and mealtimes.

2. Use reminder ‘aids’ like alarms (on watch or phone) and notes.

3. Drink at least 68-ounce glasses (equivalent to 1.5-2 liters) of fluid every day. Always check with your health care provider, as some medical conditions may require you to limit your fluid intake.

catheterise as soon as you remember

4. Keep your catheters and accessories handy. Read more about packing a “smart kit”.

5. If you realize you missed your last scheduled catheterization, catheterize as soon as possible.

6. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or doubt.

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