The purpose of this study is to obtain a realistic picture of the burden of intermittent catheterization and its impact on your daily life. There are two parts for this study:
Part 1: We are trying to determine the microbiological burden of reusing catheters in patients who are reusing catheters on a regular basis.
Part 2: We are trying to determine whether there are differences in time and convenience between a hydrophilic catheter and a standard non-hydrophilic catheter to empty the bladder. Participants will try both methods but will be randomly assigned to the order which they try them.
You are eligible to participate in the study if:
- you are 18 years of age or older
- you have any spinal cord injury
- you have hand function to perform intermittent catheterization (mandatory for part 2), or have a committed caregiver, family member, or partner who will perform intermittent catheterization (allowed for part 1) for management of urinary bladder drainage.
- you are willing and able to comply with all study visits and study procedures
- you are able to understand and complete study-related instructions (must be able to understand and speak english)
- you are not pregnant
- you are able and willing to provide informed consent
Study Coordinators and Research Nurses cannot give medical advice over the phone. Telephone numbers and email addresses are provided for obtaining additional information on specific research studies only. If you have specific questions which require clinical expertise, please call your primary care physician.