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self catheterization with bladder flush
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self catheterization with bladder flush

I care for my elderly grandmother who must be catheterized to flush the bladder frequently. Can you suggest the best catheter that flushes fluids into the bladder, and is simple enough for her to self cath/flush? Can you give short description for use? And what is the average cost for the cath? Where is the best place to purchase? Not online, locally, Spokane, WA?  
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Find the cheapest clean catheters that you can put your hands on. THey are all designed to empty the bladder with a minimum of fuss. To access the urethra to place the cath, put her feet up, heels to buttocks. Let the knees fall apart. Separate the labia with 2 fingers, place a dab of betadine over the urethra. THe urethra is the opening at the top of the vagina between the inner labia. PAss the catheter into the urethra to drain the bladder. when the drainage stops, remove the cathether, wash it with water or peroxide, and save it for the next use. Discard after a week or so.

YOu might be better off having her have an indwelling catheter, which can be changed once a month...
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