My SIL is an LPN who does private duty. Her patient is a quad and has to be straight cathed Q 6 hours. She claims that the patients case manager came by to make sure they were re-using the catheter. She said there was a doctors order to do so. My SIL said they are to soak the red rubber catheter in 1/2 H20 and 1/2 vinegar after use, rinse, dry and re-use! I have never heard of this. She said she did learn in LPN school that some home patients do
re-use the catheters and that it's okay to do so in home care. I said "I would absolutely not do it". I said the insurance company will say whatever in order to save a buck. What do you think?
It's quite common for people who need lifelong straight caths to reuse them, as shocking as it sounds, since sterile technique is drilled into our heads.
I think chronic UTI's are going to occur if one straight chaths themselves that often regardless of if they use clean sterile everytime or not. Of course I'd rather use sterile each and every time.
People can't afford four or six cath kits a day.
Last edit by Tweety on Mar 25, '06