I am very interested to know of the dangers and the possible consequences to an elderly person with a Supra Pubic Catheter of having a full bladder all night on several occasions during a few weeks. I can only assume that this must be a bad thing and that it could cause problems with already poor kidneys and possibly cause/aggravate a urinary tract infection?
The cause I am referring to is 'Mechanical' (because of leg bag/tubing problems, (unsuitable types for the individual AND technical design - not internal blockage).
Does anyone know of people who may have been affected in this way? I feel that I do.
My father, the person referred to, knows the feeling of a full bladder and is fully aware when there is no flow from the catheter tubing into his leg bag. But age 92 can’t fiddle and sort out kinks/folded bag.
The problems occurred when his usual leg bag COLOPLAST AQUADRY was discontinued, (Although long tubing leg bags were really too long the aqua dry type snaked reasonable well across his leg).
The alternatives given had either stiffer or softer tubes which did not suit the same way of taking up the extra length.
1) LEG BAGS WITH STIFF TUBES - MOVED TO SUCH AN ANGLE THAT THE OPEN END PUSHED AGAINST THE BAG WALL CUTTING OFF THE FLOW INTO IT.
2) KINK FREE LEG BAGS - THE TOP OF THE BAG EASILY FOLDED OVER CUTTING OFF THE FLOW FROM THE TUBE INTO IT.
3) BAGS WITH VERY SOFT TUBING - TUBING SO SOFT THAT IT WOULD BEND/KINK AND COMPLETELY CLOSE, STOPPING ANY FLOW THROUGH IT.
Luckily I suggested trying a short leg tube of a make that has a reinforced top to the bag (which cannot fold over or cut off the flow from the tube into it and this has proved successful.
HOWEVER too late to have stopped Dad having his first, and very nasty urinary tract infection, he was very ill and never got back to his old self afterwards.
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