Intermittent catheterization: A patient-centric approach is key to optimal management of neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction

Andrei Krassioukov*, Blayne Welk, Desiree Vrijens, Sabrina Islamoska, Kim Bundvig Barken, Veronique Keppenne, Michel Wyndaele, Matthias Walter

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Abstract

The value of disposable, single-use catheters has come under scrutiny in recent years with a growing attention on environmental sustainability. Intermittent catheterization (IC) is a widely available and minimally invasive technique for management of lower urinary tract dysfunction. Effective IC for individuals with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction can promote their independence and improve quality of life. Are there alternative options within IC that could minimize environmental impact without compromising the safety and effectiveness of single-use catheters? How does the future of IC look – environmentally friendly, biodegradable, disposable catheters may be complementary to certified reusable catheters? In the midst of this debate, it is important to emphasize that individuals have the right to choose the best evidence-based treatment available. Here we consider the current landscape for IC with a focus on chronic use in individuals with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1158260
Number of pages6
JournalFrontiers in Urology
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • access to health care
  • intermittent catheterization
  • neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction
  • neurourology
  • patient safety

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