Urinary Retention Intermittent Catheterisation

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Gold medal in archery at the 2008 Paralympics: Actreen® catheters help David Drahonínský to get the best out of life in a wheelchair

One evening, sixteen-year-old David Drahonínský went to bed at his home in Prague - and woke up next morning in hospital. He had difficulty breathing, and couldn't speak or move his hands or feet. His doctors told him he'd been sleepwalking, had fallen from a third-floor window, and was paralysed from the waist down.

David was confined to a wheelchair, and his life changed completely: no more football, no more hockey, no more taekwondo. But instead of giving up, he continued to work tirelessly at his studies, and discovered a passion for archery. Today he uses B. Braun products to help him with his often complicated life: his urologist has advised him to use Actreen® catheters.

David has regained his vitality, and provided impressive evidence of his determination by winning a gold medal in archery at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. “I've learned that I can achieve great things,” he says. “But I have to make them happen myself.” 

Self catheterisation, the solution to drain retained urine

The solution for many people affected by urinary dysfunction caused by neurological disease is intermittent self catheterisation. Actreen® is a large range of intermittent self catheters, which are designed to be used by the patient himself by introducing the catheter into their bladder in order to drain retained urine. The catheter is removed immediately after drainage has ceased. For each catheterisation (four to six times a day) a new catheter has to be used. Actreen® can be used by all patients, even those with reduced dexterity. Please be aware that intermittent self catheterisation should only be carried out under medical advice and only in accordance with given instructions.