In 2007, I was dx with metastatic urethral CA. I chose the Indiana pouch as my urinary diversion option. My entry is through my navel. Currently I catheterize myself every 4 hours using sterile red rubber catheters. This expense exceeds $1000 a year. To help reduce this expense, I explored the option of reusing my catheters. First technique: I washed the catheters in hot soapy water, rinsed, and then allowed to air dry. About 10 days later, I developed a UTI. Second technique: I soaked catheters overnight in hydrogen peroxide, rinsed in hot water, and air dried. About 7 days later, I developed another UTI.
I welcome any proven method of cleaning used catheters. If you have been successful in reusing catheters and you have a proven cleaning method, please share your experience with me.
Warmest regards, Karen
Posted: 10 Feb 2014 08:26 PM Originally Posted: 10 Feb 2014 08:23 PM