Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Condom Catheters

A lot of stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury patients have problems with incontinence. For men, they have the option of using something called a condom catheter, which is basically an external catheter over the penis that catches urine, which drains into a tube then into a bag.

During residency, one of my patients was being discharged, so I had to order him a supply of 60 condom catheters. But I wasn't sure how to do this. My attending suggested I order it through Prosthetics, so I tried that.

A day later, I got a call from Prosthetics, where they laughed at me for trying to order condom catheters from Prosthetics. They told me to order it through the pharmacy. So I did.

Long story short, the next day, 60 boxes of Trojan condoms arrived on the ward.

The nurses found this hilarious. I came to the ward and they were all holding boxes of condoms and giggling. I called the pharmacy to try to straighten this out. I had to go through three explanations of what happened before someone could actually help me. I have this feeling they were just passing the phone around, saying, "You've got to hear this story..."

Me: "I was trying to order 60 condom catheters for my patient, but the pharmacy sent us 60 boxes of condoms."

Pharmacist: "Well, some people make their own condom catheters out of condoms...."

Me: "Um, maybe you should transfer me again..."

Finally, I reached someone who knew how to put in the order for condom catheters. Except they left out the spermicide. (Just kidding.)

9 comments:

  1. "We're working on a new stroke program."

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  2. In residency this would have been a party weekend in the making.

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  3. 60 BOXES of condoms? That's a lot of condoms!

    @Grumpy -- ROFLMAO!!

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  4. That's awesome.

    Side note: as a former PT aid I HATE condom catheters.

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    1. Yeah, our PTs always complain about the condom catheters falling off.

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  5. Thank God I don't have stress incontinence...I would've wet myself from laughing at Grumpy's comment! And that's a lot of condoms; obviously the pharmacy was a bit clueless.

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  6. What's the biggest Johnson you've ever seen?

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    1. Future Pharmer of AmericaJune 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Magic Johnson.

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