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    8fr is this safe?

    Im a caregiver for a sci male quadriplegic. he's been injured 2yrs

    they think he might be allergic to latex and we've been avoiding latex for intermittent catherizations.

    we have ran out of latex free caths and i borrowed some .

    he uses 14-15fr normally but these are 8fr or pediatric.

    What should i tell him to be careful about and will these be ok till tomorrow.

    He has no computer an lives out of town so i will keep checking for reesponces as i come and go.

    thanks

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    -- Is it possible to call his doctor and ask them to contact a local ER or Urgent Care center to provide a few non-latex catheters for the evening and AM? You may be in for some problems trying to cath an adult male with a pediatric 8fr.

    -- Off the top of my head I can think of:

    1. The pediatric catheters are going to be shorter than those used by adult males - potentially affecting access to the bladder itself.

    2. The 8 Fr catheters could result in slower urine drainage as well as possible leakage around the catheter once inserted. Keep his skin clean and dry. Be aware of his usual cath volumes and leave extra time for his bladder to drain the average volume.

    3. Sediment may be more likely to clog the pediatric catheter holes

    4. Know the symptoms of Autonomic Dysreflexia.

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    Thanks ,
    Your comment really makes me feel better.
    We contacted his urolgist office and nurse advised not to use them.
    And she said pretty much what you said. You're good.

    emergncy area at the hospital is going to let us get some of those clear ones (catheters).

    Appreciate
    Last edited by kiitinxo; 09-19-2014 at 12:17 AM.

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    I have a bunch of 14 Fr Vinyl catheters that you can have for the shipping.
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    Don-such a nice offer.
    you are a good guy!
    ckf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    I have a bunch of 14 Fr Vinyl catheters that you can have for the shipping.
    Thats very kind Donno.
    If they're still available, will they attach to a legbag or bedbag tubing?

    His supplier has helped us very quickly but i'll ask.

    We aren't sure it a latex allergy now. It's probably not. We were just being safe.

    He says with spinal injuries it's difficult to determine what causes this AD thing. Could be alot of stuff or just one thing.

    Thanks again.

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    They will attach to all urinary types of tubing. I'm not *sure* if I have latex allergy, but my urethra and bladder are a lot happier now that I do not use any latex. When I was younger, I didn't worry about much, but now I have to start adding 67 years to the equation, and it starts adding up. Send me a PM with your addy, and I'll send you a couple of dozen.
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    i sent a message. Hope you got it.......

    i can't tell weather it was sent or not.

    Thanks again

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    When you send a PM, you can click on the box to save a copy to your Sent folder. If you do this, you can then confirm that the message was actually sent.

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    Two long days, and just got to recreationally browsing
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