Today I came across the Useit by http://www.usit-medical.com. It’s a urine sample collection device for none sterile sample and is great for women in particular with limited or no hand mobility/grip.
At first I thought it wasn’t any different to the way I would normally provide a urine sample. At hospitals they put one of those paper cardboard bowls over the toilet. My husband transfers me from my wheelchair to the loo, and then when I’m done, a nurse takes the bowl to get a sample from that.
However, the more I read about this genius device the more I thought every hospital and clinic should have these.
How do you give a sample if you have no use of your arms or can’t grip anything (or reach because you are pregnant) ?
You use a bowl as described above (GPs often don’t have these and send you home with the message ‘just do it somehow’). I’ve been told this on quite a few occasions.
The bowl method has several disadvantages though when you’re a wheelchair and/or or hoist user.
- During the transfer it’s easy to dislodge the bowl so it falls down the toilet.
- You have to gingerly be lifted off from the toilet or transfer yourself and risk the urine filled bowl coming up with you and throwing your precious sample all over you, the floor and your assistant/carer.
Pee into a bowl held under you by someone else?
The other option is to hold the tube under you as you pee. This can leave you unstable and prone to falling if you have no balance. Alternatively you need a willing person to hold a bowl steady underneath you if you can’t hold things. You then have to decant into the sample tube.
Either way, it’s messy, embarrassing and undignified for all concerned. It can be so distressing that people can decide not to give a sample and be treated.
What does this device offer?
What is different about this device is firstly it securely clips onto the toilet pan under the seat.
The second great part of the design is that the sample bottle screws into the collection bowl and the overflow just streams into the toilet – so it is hands free straight into the bottle.
It’s washable and can be used for none sterile samples over and over again (for men and women).
Everyone needs one of these if you struggle to give a sample and you can buy them for less than £10 form their website. I think that is great value – I was expecting the price to be 4 times that!
You can order and view videos and information on their website. http://www.usit-medical.com
They are also on Facebook and Twitter.