Flying with a catheter doesn’t have to be stressful

Flying with a catheterWhile America enjoys the fourth of July celebrations, visiting loved ones across the country, it’s got us thinking about another type of independence, the type of independence that we at Optimum Medical talk about every day.

For many American’s, travelling isn’t a simple task. Even the thought of navigating through an airport with a urinary catheter can cause severe anxiety.

 

 

Travelling by air
This year’s fourth of July is set to break records with over 3.8 million people taking to the skies according to research carried out by the AAA (American Automobile Association). Planning and knowing what to expect at each point of the journey is key to reducing anxiety. Whether you’re travelling within the US or internationally, the advice is the same:

  1. Contact your airline ahead of time
    Inform the airline that you are travelling with an indwelling catheter as they may have some advice to help make your journey more comfortable. At this point you can request a seat that suits you and ensure you can board the plane at the most convenient time for you.
  2. Contact TSA
    The Transport Security Administration (TSA) control security at the airport. Informing TSA ahead of time that you are travelling with a catheter will help ensure that you can pass through the security area at the airport without any unnecessary stress. The TSA call handlers will instruct you where to go and what to do as you reach security and how you need to pack your urology supplies.
  3. Contact your healthcare professional
    Before travelling, contact your healthcare professional who can offer advice about managing your catheter while travelling and ensure you know what to look for should any complications occur. Your healthcare professional can also provide you with a letter to inform airline or TSA staff that you have an indwelling catheter if you feel this may help you navigate through the airport with less anxiety.
  4. Pack for every eventuality
    When packing a bag to bring onto the plane, remember urology supplies and healthcare lubrication still need to be less than 3.4oz and contained in a clear, resealable plastic bag. Pack enough supplies to see you through the flight comfortably and a few extra just in case your luggage is delayed or goes missing. If the thought of your luggage going missing is causing you to worry, consider sending a box of supplies to your accommodation ahead of your arrival.
  5. Request a private screening at security
    When you reach the security area on the day of your flight, you have the right to request a private screening. You WILL NOT be required to remove your catheter or drainage bag, or open any medical supplies you have packed in your carry-on bag.
  6. Look after yourself
    Once you’re in the air it’s important that you stay hydrated and continue to monitor your catheter drainage and fixation.

Independence with confidence
The Ugo Urology range of catheter and leg bag fixation and drainage devices is designed with independence in mind. All products in the range have been designed with key features to make the user feel comfortable and confident using them. From the soft silicone strips on the inside of the Ugo Fix Catheter Strap to help comfortably grip the skin, to the transparent universal connector on our Ugo Leg Bags to securely connect to all indwelling catheter, every feature has been thoughtfully designed to benefit you.

Sample the Ugo Urology range
If you would like to sample any of the products in the Ugo Urology range, please contact us on enquiries@optimum-medical.com or complete a sample request form on our website.

All that’s left to say is happy fourth of July and safe travels.