Hi guys, further to spacejackets post about the new duette catheters.
I for one, was very interested as I have had my surapubic catheter for just over a year and overall, it does make life easier.
I have had about 5 occasions since it was fitted, when I have seen blood going into the urine collection bag and the tube from the spc. It does alarm me and my family and carers! It happen 2 weeks ago, but was really bad.
I have had a talk with the chief district nurse and told her of my fears about possible bladder damage ie cancer of the bladder, with these bleeds. Of course I read it on `tinternet!!
She has discussed with me the probable reason why the bleeds are happening. It must be due to the tubing being tugged and pulled causing trauma to the bladder.
She said she has never ever nursed anyone with bladder cancer caused by a catheter. So I have to believe her,don`t I?
Anyway the new duette catheters with 2 balloons,which will protect the bladder from damage better, are not yet available in UK.
So now I check my pipework more often!