My 83 year old grandfather is a paraplegic and wants to go to a spa and get in the hot tub. Will this cause any problems with his foley? Are there any steps or precausions?
Any time you have extreme heat there will be the chance for bacteria of all sorts and this is something that needs to be reviewed with a certified MD due to the age of the person and the medical condition. The hot tub would probably relieve alot of other things however, how well has the tub been cleaned? what type of chlorine or anti bacteria cleanse has been used and so on... check with MD before you make a decision... blaze22
Hot tubs, especially those shared by multiple people, are breeding grounds for staph and strep infections, just to name a few. Facilities do have health regulations to follow regarding how often the water is changed and what chlorine levels and other chemicals are required, and to what levels. I have a hot tub that only my husband and I use - I use the recommended chemicals in it, but in the past two years that my immune system as been chrompromised I have gotten two strep infections on my skin. This is just my opinion, and I don't know what he would need to do about the Foley catheter, but I would not recommend it. It's just too risky. Now if he had a hot tub of his own I would say the risk of infection is much less and would consider letting him use it and increasing the chemicals needed to disinfect the water.
Not sure that the spa will allow someone with a catheter to go in the hot tub. I have to agree with blaze, best to discuss his particular conditions with a doctor before attempting the hot tub. There are more concerns then just the foley to consider such as his blood pressure and heat tolerance, what medications he maybe taking and the like. Best to get the experts opinion.
I would not recommend that anyone with a foley cath enter a hot tub spa. The foley is a direct line for bacteria to enter the bladder. There are also the considerations of whether or not his heart could take the increase in core temperature he would get from submersion in a hot tub. Definitely a question to present to his Dr.
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