The national incidence of spinal cord injuries in surviving patients is approximately 12,000 per year. Interestingly, over one third of all spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents.Many individuals with spinal injuries may need catheters. Interestingly, the ancient Syrians used hollow reeds as catheters, while ancient Greeks fashioned them from metal. Inventor extraordinaire Benjamin Franklin is credited with having developed the first flexible catheter, made from hinged metal segments, in 1752. However, the first modern catheter was not invented until the 1940s by David Sheridan. Sheridan invented the disposable catheter and is credited with saving many lives; rior to the disposable catheter, rubber tubes were re used, leading to infection and the spread of disease.
A catheter is typically used when an individual is incontinent and can no longer control his or her bladder. However, it is important to note that this is not the only use for the catheter; the catheter actually has many different uses. There are many different types of catheters. For example, you might look into the Foley catheter and Foley catheter supplies. It is important to note that a catheter can be permanent or intermittent, meaning that it is removed after each use and then reinserted. You may also want to look into self catheterization supplies. Catheterization is typically preformed by a nurse. However, self catheterization is possible with self catheterization supplies. Overall, self catheterization supplies can be a great option. You will need to talk to your doctor to figure out which catheter option is the best for you.
Lastly, there are several health concerns to take into consideration when looking into self catheterization supplies. It is important to note that a catheter related urinary tract infection or a bladder infection from catheter use is possible. You will want to be on the look out for signs and symptoms of problems such as a bladder infection from catheter and seek treatment if a bladder infection from catheter use does arrive. A bladder infection from catheter use can cause health problems, so it is important to address the problem. There are several other long term complications of catheter use, such as a urinary tract infections and bladder infections, and so you will also want to discuss these problems with your doctor. Reference links.