Winner of the creepiest nursing commercial ever....!

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    I'm sorry but this commercial made me laugh! "I was devastated to have to reuse my....catheter" LOL and apparently its a real company too...I found it online from a story on the winner of the creepiest commercial of 2010 contest...c'mon if I saw this on TV i would crack up (even as a nurse)!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFEio0OCWek

    edit: ok i totally don't agree with having to reuse catheters...infection risk!..its just the way its portrayed/acted thats funny
    Last edit by RN2B123 on Oct 1, '10

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    This has been on quite a while. I had home care pts who would beg their docs to write letters to insurance companies to approve at least one new cath every day!!

    Pretty disgusting to think that all of these people were rinsing and reusing their caths for weeks on end.
    netglow likes this.
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    I had to do this for a client and asked why and if it was ok, infection control wise. Didn't make sense to me. I actually did some research on the practice and as I recall, it is supposed to be relatively of no consequence when it comes to UTI rates. I still do not believe it is good practice, I don't care what anyone says.
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    That commercial is on all the time here.

    As far as UTIs go, unless there is already an infection, everything going through there is sterile and I don't see a real problem.
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    To be honest, I don't think it's creepy. I don't think I would want to reuse catheters either.
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    Heard of this and agree with One2go, we learned about it in nursing school, it's not an issue at all. They are only using it on themselves and it's cleaned every time. Think about those tubes to insert vaginal creams when you have an infection, you use it for a week, but clean it every day. Toothbrushes definitely have more germs on them than a catheter being used on an uninfected person!
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    I can't believe up until recently patients had to use the same catheters time after time after time. Hello UTIs!
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    Quote from NamasteNurse
    Heard of this and agree with One2go, we learned about it in nursing school, it's not an issue at all. They are only using it on themselves and it's cleaned every time. Think about those tubes to insert vaginal creams when you have an infection, you use it for a week, but clean it every day. Toothbrushes definitely have more germs on them than a catheter being used on an uninfected person!
    Neither your vagina nor your mouth is sterile. Your bladder is.
    SWS RN, Nascar nurse, MassED, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from One2gofst
    That commercial is on all the time here.

    As far as UTIs go, unless there is already an infection, everything going through there is sterile and I don't see a real problem.
    Once the package is open and the catheter touched, it's not sterile.
    LPN*PRN likes this.
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    What I hate about that commercial is that it's deceptive. It implies that a medical supply company has some sort of control over what supplies will be paid for by Medicaid or an insurance company. Once Medicaid/Medi-Cal/her insurance co approved it her catheters could be supplied by quite a few different companies in my state, anyway.

    For pure annoyance value, I vote for the adult pertussis vaccine one with the coughing child and "you may think the safest place for your baby is in your arms" -- don't know why that woman just irritates me, plus they play it every 12 minutes on some channels.


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