Adaptive Tools For Independence: Bladder Tools For Men (Quadriplegics)

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Whitney Bailey
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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Craig Hospital have partnered together to share a health video series called Adaptive Tools for Independence. The series highlights “functional tools and adaptive equipment available to assist individuals living with paralysis or limited hand functions to gain more independence in their day to day activities.”

“A successful catheter program is key in the success of your day.”

In the video above, the series demonstrates adaptive tools for emptying your bladder if you are a male with a cervical spinal cord injury. Here are a few tools featured in the video: 

  • Key Ring - Attaching a key ring to your zipper makes it easier to zip and unzip your pants. 
  • Adaptive Hooks - Adaptive hooks make it easier to keep your pants down while cathing. (Jump to 1:50 in the video to see a variety of examples that can be used.)
  • Use a clean towel or drape with a hole to ensure everything stays clean.
  • Use the “house hold” to keep penis in place when cathing. (Jump to 3:23 in the video to see example.)
  • Use a bottle or urinal to drain your urine. 
  • Use vice grips wrapped in tape (or catheter clamp) to clamp catheter tubing. Binder clips and/or clothespins can also be used.  (Jump to 4:12 in video to see examples.)
  • Use a looped/velcro bag strap for your leg bag. (Jump to 4:50 in video to see example.)
  • Use a wash bottle and catheter tubing to clean out your leg bag. 
  • Attach a zip tie to your leg bag to make it easier to open.
  • Use an overnight leg bag to hold more liquid. 
  • An electric leg bag drainer is also an option!

Share these tips with someone who is newly injured!

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