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    makeshift catheter extension

    For a long time I carried around a catheter extension and my backpack always smelled like urine. Until a friend told me about this trick. You can use the catheter packaging as an extension. Just make a small hole at the end of the package, and open the other side like normal. Then let the catheter slide through the hole you made.
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    That's what I have been doing for a few years.
    At the beginning had a few accidents ( hole too big, cath slide etc etc?, but with practice, it's just perfect . Just push e tip thru the end and voila.
    works best with cheap cath packaging.
    i use nelaton catheters, unlubricated, non hydrophile .. Just basic ones.

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    Thanks for the tip, will have to give that a try. Maybe a cheep rubber band you could wrap around the packaging and the catheter to hold it in place.
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    I just cut off the tubing from a night bag, washed it out with liquid soap & water, and coiled it up in my backpack. Doesn't smell at all.
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    Here is another hint that works very well for me. I use a drinking straw, push the straw into the green part of the catheter ( mine has a green end, it's a 16" catheter ) and use transparent tape to tape around to prevent leak and to hold the straw in place. Both the straw ( a pack of 100 for about $1 ) and tape are not expensive. You may have to find the right diameter size straw for your catheter size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    I just cut off the tubing from a night bag, washed it out with liquid soap & water, and coiled it up in my backpack. Doesn't smell at all.
    that's what I have been doing for 20 plus years. I have to get my tubing and connectors from the hardware store but it works great and I keep it in a sandwich baggie sealed up and never have smelled it.

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    The VA supplies me with 4 bags a month. I'd be happy to recycle the tubing and send it to anyone who can use it.
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    I just carry a small (& empty) soda/gatorade bottle with me.


    Drain into it, dump in toilet, done.


    Easy to rinse, easy to seal, easy to replace, disposable.

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