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How to Safely Catheterize in a Public Restroom | Ask Aaron

Aaron Baker
Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
02/23/17  12:34 PM PST
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I have been using intermittent catheterization at home for about two months. It seems to be going well since I can wash hands and genitals each time in a place that I control. I will be traveling, and am concerned about how to manage this if the only available place is a public facility. At home, I have ample soap and water, towels, stools, benches, and counters, so two hands are enough. But I am having trouble envisioning how this can be managed with two hands in a typical men’s restroom stall. If anyone has applicable experience, please send suggestions. I am ambulatory and have no major motion limitations.

Thanks,

John

 

Hello John!

Travel can be intimidating with all the unknown variables, especially when it comes to using bathroom facilities that may be less accessible, unkept and under equipped. My best defense against this is a strong offense, meaning preparation! Urology supplies are priority when packing my bags. I pack extra everything; rubber gloves, tape, catheters, condoms, leg bags, tubing, sanitizer, wipes and deodorizer. I typically travel using an external condom catheter and leg bag to avoid bathrooms altogether. But if intermittent catheterization is mandatory, then using a self contained product like the JAW Hydrophilic Catheter works well. As for functionality in the bathroom stall, again preparation is key. I shop for multifunctional travel luggage and backpack that can serve as a make-shift table/bench to set supplies on, or hang things from. This keeps me self-contained and not dependent on anyone or anything for my self-care.

Happy travels!

Aaron

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I have a trip coming up and I am having trouble envisioning how I can safely and hygienically self-catheterize in a typical men’s restroom stall.
John
Travel can be intimidating with all the unknown variables, especially when it comes to using bathroom facilities that may be less accessible, unkept and under equipped. My best defense against this is a strong offense, meaning preparation!

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