Understanding your Suprapubic Catheter: Set, Change and Care

Pediatric Suprapubic catheter UrinaryAdvantages and Disadvantages to the Urinary Suprapubic Catheter: A suprapubic catheter is a hollow tube insertion into the bladder that drains away urine. It is inserted just above your pubic bone which is why it is called a suprapubic catheter.

Many people prefer a suprapubic catheter as it is more hygienic than a urinary cathetar. This is because it is away from the genital area where infection can easily occur. Furthermore, a suprapubic catheter is easier to change and can cause much less embarrassment for the patients and the nurse. You are also freer to enjoy sexual activity and are able to change your own catheter. This can leave the patient with a more independent outlook on their catheter situation.

Suprapubic Catheter for Pediatric Reasons: However, there are a few problems that patients complain about when it comes to a suprapubic catheter. You must replace the catheter immediately if it falls out. Furthermore, if the catheter is blocked then urine may still leak out which can cause embarrassment for the patient. Because the tube is going through the bladder, this can provide an entry for a bladder related infection. This is something that can especially occur in children.

Tools to Set and Change your Suprapubic Catheter: One of the best things about a suprapubic catheter is that you are able to change and set it yourself. You should change it at least every six weeks; however, if there are problems, you may need to change it much earlier.

It may take some time to learn how to set and change your catheter on your own. It’s best to have a doctor or nurse help you the first few times.

When you do change your suprapubic catheter on your own you will need various tools including the catheter, a catheter pack, two 10ml syringes, cleaning solution, sterile gloves, drainage bag and lubricant. Ask your doctor to walk you through the setting, removal and replacement methods when you are ready to try the process by yourself.

Suprapubic Catheter Care: In order to ensure that you are caring for your suprapubic catheter always remember to keep the following in mind:

Drink at least 2-3 litres of fluid per day. This includes plenty of water and juices. You should also shower and wash daily and avoid using talcum powders, sprays or deodorants around the site of your catheter.

You should also perform daily checkups on your catheter to make sure there are no signs of infection or irritation including redness, swelling, discharge, etc. Inspect your urine as well to make sure that the color, clarity and amount all seem normal. If not, consult your doctor.

Another way to reduce problems and infections is to maintain a closed drainage system as much as possible. This will reduce the chance of infection. You should always keep a spare catheter on you at all times as well. You never know when an emergency might pop up.

If you are experiencing problems with your catheter, including issues related to drainage, cloudy urine and bleeding, it’s best to consult your doctor who can help you find the best solution.