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Posted by Tina Ellenburg
on November 30, 1999 at 21:49:27:
In Reply to: Re: Cathater posted by Jerome on January 23, 1999 at 17:05:55:
As a nurse in a nursing home I have dealt with many people, young and old, that have had to have a suprapubic catheter for one reason or another.
First of all no one should want to have one if they can do without. This is a surgical opening in your abdomen and into your bladder where a tube is inserted. It is a constant opening for serious infection and difficult to keep clean and infection free. And by infection I mean constant chronic bladder infections, which can be so bad that it gets into your blood stream and can cause death. It can be a source for antibiotic resistant staff and psuedomonas to name just two nasty and difficult to get rid of infections.
To a person with prostate cancer for instance, it is a wonderful and lifesaving thing. But not something to be considered lightly. the tube must be changed periodically and in itself can be painful and everytime it is changed it is another chance for bacteria to enter the body if the person inserting it doesn't use absolutely sterile technique.
I hope this information helps.
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