You asked for it so here we go – content on catheter securement products. Many of our readers let us know, by taking our short survey here, that they were looking for information specifically about securing their catheters and drainage bags.
So today we have a comparison of some of the most widely used products for catheter and bag securement.
Just about every catheter holder or leg bag strap on the market are disposable. So they’ll work well for a short time, but then you’ll have to buy them again…and again.
As you’ll see from the chart below, Freedom BeltTM is different. You buy it once and that’s it! For just about the same price as you’d pay per month for other products, you’ll have Freedom BeltTM for life.
Types of Catheter Securement Devices
Interestingly there seems to be a serious lack of products designed to secure the drainage bag itself. Since leg bags usually come with their own elastic straps for holding the bag to the leg (a decades-old and ineffective method), people just assume that is the only option. With the recent advent of Freedom BeltTM, that is no longer true. You can read about Freedom BeltTM, and even order one, by CLICKING HERE.
Here is a chart comparing catheter and bag securement products:
If you’d like to download this as a pdf, click here.
Suggestion For Extra Security
In putting together this list, I realized there might be a use for the stretchy band catheter holders like the Dale Catheter Holder. Until recently, I’ve discouraged the use of such holders because despite the fact that they are more comfortable than the kind that stick to your skin, they are terrible at actually securing the catheter if you plan to stand or walk at all. They easily slide down your leg, even with an empty bag, immediately pulling the catheter tube and causing danger and pain. Then when the bag starts to fill, things get even more dangerous and painful.
But with the advent of Freedom BeltTM, you have total security against gravity pulling on your catheter. You don’t really NEED to have anything beside Freedom BeltTM. But it you really would like to have some extra peace-of-mind, you could use a Dale holder with a Freedom BeltTM.
When used in conjunction with a Freedom BeltTM, a velcro-style stretchy holder like the Dale might well give you an added dash of security by cinching the tube to your leg without having to use the sticker-style holders.
Of course, if you don’t mind the type of holders that stick to your leg, you can really ramp up security of your catheter-bag combo by using a Freedom beltTM and a Grip-Lok holder. With that set-up, you would really have to try to rip out your catheter and pull your bag off! And even then, you probably couldn’t do it.
What Is The Take-Away?
To summarize what this chart is telling us – you can have superior security for your catheter and drainage bag AND save yourself a lot of money, by purchasing ONE PRODUCT that will never need to be replaced. That product is Freedom BeltTM.
With ALL of the other products, you use them up and then have to buy replacement stock. Depending on how long you have to wear a catheter – and especially if you have one for life – a Freedom BeltTM might well be a welcome relief for both your security and your wallet.