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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second With your mobility and dexterity problems, are you coping alright with the intermittent catheterisation? Absolutely fine, I don’t have any problems at all. With my dexterity. I can’t really… I can feel my fingers, but not properly, its like pins and needles all the time. But the catheter that I use, I did try different types of catheters, and the catheter I use has got a little handle on it which gives me some stability and I managed to get it straight in, drain off, and just take the catheter straight back out again. So, I don’t have any problems with it at all.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds I did have a lot of frequent infections when I first started it but I think that that was more related to the fact that I was getting… my bladder wasn’t emptying properly, and they gave me quite an unusual antibiotic which then helped to sort the infection out and I now take a prophylactic dose of nitrofurantoin every night which I have been on for a long time and that seems to, you know, touch wood, have kept the infections under control.

Using ISC to self-manage bladder dysfunction

Intermittent self catheterisation (ISC) can be used to self-manage bladder dysfunction.

In Week 1, you met ‘Anne’ who has multiple sclerosis and lives with both urinary and faecal incontinence.

In this video, ‘Anne’ explains how she uses ISC to successfully manage her neurogenic bladder dysfunction.

Your task

Make a list of the different factors that can affect a person’s ability to learn, and then use ISC to manage their bladder problems in the longer term.

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Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults

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