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    Condom cath/leg bag

    I am going to be taking a long flight and need a reliable condom cath to wear with a leg bag. Recommendations please

    #2
    Be sure you try these out PRIOR to taking your trip. There is no one best external, and you don't want to find you picked the wrong one for you at 45,000 feet. Try to avoid use of latex ECCs (external condom catheters):

    For a one-piece type:

    Rochester Wideband
    Rochester Ultraflex
    Mentor Clear Advantage
    Mentor Freedom Clear

    For a two-piece type:
    Conveen Security+

    Be sure to get the right size. Most come in at least 5 sizes.

    For legbags, I recommend again a latex free system if possible. Check out the Hollister Latex Free Urinary Leg Bag Kit (#HOL9349) or the Bard Dispoz-a-bag with Flip-Flo valve (#151932) although this one is not latex free. Get a 32 oz. bag.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      I'd like to try one of these too. I've never used a condom cath or leg bag before. Can someone explain exactly what I'd need to order? Just the condom caths and a leg bag? Are these parts reusable?

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        #4
        You should also have bedside drainage bags for night use. Leg bags can be cleaned and reused for up to a month each if used daily. While there are reusable condom catheters, the best ones on the market (as with those above) are single use only (and self-adhesive). They need to be changed daily...longer use is associated with higher rates of UTIs, and skin breakdown and a bad odor can occur if the skin is not inspected and washed daily.

        Some like to be extra sure they it will not "fail" or fall off, so add Elastoplast tape in addition to the self adhesive. Never use a non-stretchy type tape.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          #5
          Thanks KLD.
          Last edited by Jim; 7 Apr 2009, 11:33 AM.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Zero View Post
            I'd like to try one of these too. I've never used a condom cath or leg bag before. Can someone explain exactly what I'd need to order? Just the condom caths and a leg bag? Are these parts reusable?
            You need to know your size, which would be the width of your penis. Conveen comes in a 21, 25, 30, 35 or 40. Most adults use the 30 it seems and the 25. you can get a sizing chart from your supplier, they come in each box that we get here. Then the leg bag and tubing and your set. I might want to get some skin prep and maybe some remover to help.

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              #7
              Originally posted by soonerborn View Post
              You need to know your size, which would be the width of your penis. Conveen comes in a 21, 25, 30, 35 or 40. Most adults use the 30 it seems and the 25. you can get a sizing chart from your supplier, they come in each box that we get here. Then the leg bag and tubing and your set. I might want to get some skin prep and maybe some remover to help.
              Do you need to buy the tubing separately, or does it come with the bag?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Zero View Post
                Do you need to buy the tubing separately, or does it come with the bag?
                It should fit together without extra tubing.

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                  #9
                  The leg bag will drain better if you wear it on your lower leg, so you need an extension tubing. If you use one of the leg bag "kits" above it will come with fabric straps (avoid the rubber ones that will cut into your leg), the bag, and extension tubing with a connector.

                  One option for the condom catheters would be to get a selection of various kinds so you can try several before purchasing. Here is a place that does that (call them to get details):

                  http://www.hdis.com/list.asp?bookmar...me=&prodtype=I

                  It is also possible to make do-it-yourself condom catheters out of regular condoms and rubber tubing, but this is becoming a lost art. I have a handout on how to do this (in a pinch) if anyone wants it.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                    The leg bag will drain better if you wear it on your lower leg, so you need an extension tubing. If you use one of the leg bag "kits" above it will come with fabric straps (avoid the rubber ones that will cut into your leg), the bag, and extension tubing with a connector.

                    One option for the condom catheters would be to get a selection of various kinds so you can try several before purchasing. Here is a place that does that (call them to get details):

                    http://www.hdis.com/list.asp?bookmar...me=&prodtype=I

                    It is also possible to make do-it-yourself condom catheters out of regular condoms and rubber tubing, but this is becoming a lost art. I have a handout on how to do this (in a pinch) if anyone wants it.

                    (KLD)
                    It's much cheaper and Elastikon stretch tape holds cath on w/o having all the glue on your penis.

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