There are many reasons why usage of a Bard catheter may become a part of your daily life. Whether it is for a short period after an injury, illness, or procedure, or a permanent response to damage or pathology, adapting to the usage of a catheter requires education and preparedness. With the right medical support and the correct supplies, it is possible to introduce a catheter into your healthcare routine and maintain its usage effectively and safely for the entire period that it is necessary.
The Bard catheter family of products has its origins thousands of years ago when the ancient Greeks would use a specially prepared reed inserted through the urethra to drain the bladder. In fact, the word has its roots in one meaning “to sit”. During the 18th century, this concept was modified into the flexible version use in most medical applications today by Benjamin Franklin. Franklin created this flexible tube, which was created with segmented metal, in order to address the bladder stones of his brother. During the early part of the 1900s, the catheter saw many changes as it evolved into the flexible, disposable versions widely used today.
Throughout these years of modification, the catheter has come to be used in numerous applications, including during surgeries, to aid in certain procedures such as artificial insemination, and during the healing process after surgeries. The Bard catheter is used in perhaps the most commonly known application, which is for the drainage of urine. You may require such a catheter due to illness or injury, or to aid your body during healing, and your use of the catheter may cover only days, or several years.
Regardless, it is crucial that you learn to use your catheters properly and adhere to the instructions and guidelines set forth by your doctor and treatment team. Improper usage can lead to further issues including infection and damage.
A critical aspect of proper Bard catheter usage is cleanliness. Keeping your catheters clean will help to stave off infections by preventing you from introducing germs and bacteria into your body along with the catheter. Wearing gloves and inserting your catheter without placing the exposed tube on any surface are good practices to adopt. There are kits that can be purchased that provide the supplies needed to achieve a clean and safe catheter insertion in one convenient place. If you will be using a catheter for an extended period, you may wish to consider having kits automatically delivered to you every month so you will never be without your supplies.