Preventing a Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can happen for various reasons in which germs and bacteria come in contact with the bladder. Unfortunately, the use of catheters can sometimes lead to a urinary tract infection. There is no guaranteed way to prevent a UTI however there are a few tips to try and lower your risk of getting a urinary tract infection while using catheters.

1. Always wash your hands before each catheter use to clean your hands before touching a new catheter and transferring germs and bacteria.

2. It is not recommended to reuse your catheters. The best catheterization method is to use a new catheter each time. Private insurance companies as well as Medicare have realized that the continued use of the same catheter is a contributor of UTIs among people who use catheters. Many insurance companies have since increased the amount of catheters per month that a patient may receive in order to encourage patients to use a clean technique.

3. Use a sterile technique while you catheterize. This includes cleaning the area of insertion before using a catheter and wearing gloves to prevent the transfer of germs.

4. Avoid allowing your catheter to come in contact with an unsanitary surface including the bathroom counter. If you need to lay your catheter down before use try placing it on a sterile cloth.

5. Continue to use the catheter the amount of times per day directed to you by your physician to ensure that all of the urine is being drained from your bladder.

Some insurance will cover the use of a sterile catheter kit which comes with a pair of gloves, lubricant, an antiseptic wipe or swab stick and a drape. These supplies can help you keep the area in which you are using the catheter clean, in order to keep the infection causing germs out. Ask your customer service representative if the catheter kits are covered through your insurance and if we would be able to send you a sample to try. Uromed will need to obtain the consent of your physician in order to provide you with a catheter kit. If the supplies are not covered by your insurance or you do not have the qualifying determinants you can purchase the materials at your local drug store in order to maintain a clean catheterizing environment.


About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-841-1233.

3 Responses to Preventing a Urinary Tract Infection

  1. Tom Garber says:

    You forgot to mention CRANBERRY PILLS. I take six a day as directed by my Urologist, and research indicates that it makes a huge difference!

    Tom 😉

  2. Patty Kunze says:

    Yeah……me too. Cranberry tabs work wonderfully by not allowing UTI bugs to attach and cause infections. I swear by them daily. No UTIs in years and if one starts, I flush it out with mega water. I refuse to take antibiotics unless I absolutely need them. I want them to work when I do need them.

  3. Stewart says:

    you have omitted providing any advice for people that use indwelling catheters. Additional tips for those users include :
    1. Rinse your drainage bags with a solution of 10 parts water, 1 part bleach.
    2. Use a catheter with a silver tip, as this kills bacteria.
    3. Cranberry pills are good, but even better are those that add D-Mannose to the mix.
    4. Hydrate adequately. One rule of thumb is to drink at least one cup per hour.

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