PATIENTS WITH LUTS

Symptoms ranging from a weak urine flow, having to visit the toilet very frequently during the day or at night, or pain during voiding are common for a third of all men. As a frequent consequence of male ageing, more than a million men worldwide will seek medical help for their condition every year.

The Lower Urinary Tract


The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, sphincter muscle and urethra. Urine from your kidneys travels down tubes called ureters and is stored in the bladder.

The bladder is a balloon-like organ with a muscular wall that expands and contracts. Emptying occurs by a contraction of the bladder muscle and relaxation of the sphincter muscle. The bladder contraction squeezes the urine out via tube called the urethra.

The urethra opens to the outside of your body and urine is expelled from the body. The lower urinary tract consist of the bladder, sphincter muscles and urethra.

LUTS


If there is an obstruction in the urethra, or when the muscles or nerves in the bladder and/or urethra are not working correctly, you may experience what is described as Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS).

LUTS are the subjective indicators of abnormal bladder and urinary conditions observed by an individual and may lead to seek help from their doctor.

The Uroflow


A Uroflow is a test that measures the speed and amount of urine being voided. You will be asked to urinate into a uroflowmeter that measures the urine flow and volume.

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THE FLOWTAKER®

The Flowtaker® is a uroflowmeter for home use. You can use the Flowtaker® in your own bathroom. With the Flowtaker® you can void at any time you need. There are no buttons to press and there is nothing to write down.

Place the supplied urine container on top of the Flowtaker® before each void, and a green light will flash indicating that it is activated. The Flowtaker® sensor starts recording the flow of urine automatically.

At the end of the recording period, the Flowtaker® can be returned by mail or in person to allow the healthcare professional to analyze the results.

Patient Flowtaker® set


A patient Flowtaker® set consists of:

  • The Flowtaker® sensor
  • A urine container
  • Flowtaker® patient instructions for use
  • A return envelope
  • A carrying bag


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Flowtaker® Patient Instructions



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INSTRUCTIONS

The Flowtaker® is very easy to use, as will be explained by your healthcare professional.
Click on the image below for a preview of the instructions for use.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I remove the battery strip?
There is typically no need to remove the battery strip by the patient, as this has been done by your general practitioner, urologist, doctor or medical specialist beforehand. If this has not taken place pull on the plastic tab of the strip sticking out of the slot at the bottom of the Flowtaker®. There is no need to remove the screws. If there is no flexible plastic tab sticking out it may have been removed before.

When can I start to use the Flowtaker®?
You can start to use the Flowtaker® after the Flowtaker® has been at ambient room temperature for over an hour.

Can I use a different urine container?
No, the Flowtaker® is calibrated with the provided urine container.

Can I use a funnel?
No, the Flowtaker® is calibrated with the provided urine container without a funnel.

My toilet does not have a lid?
The Flowtaker® can be used on a flat, horizontal surface at a convenient height for voiding. The seat of a cleanable chair or a small table could for instance provide alternatives. Please contact your general practitioner, urologist, doctor or medical specialist for further questions.

My toilet is too low?
The Flowtaker® can be used on a flat, horizontal surface at a convenient height for voiding. The seat of a cleanable chair or a small table could for instance provide alternatives. Please contact your general practitioner, urologist, doctor or medical specialist for further questions.

How do I clean the Flowtaker® and urine container?
Remove spilled urine with a piece of toilet paper. Never allow water to get inside the Flowtaker. Rinse the urine container with tap water.

How do I store the Flowtaker®?
Place the Flowtaker® upright with instruction sticker facing upwards, on a convenient location at room temperature. Do not place any objects such as the urine container on the Flowtaker® during storage.

How do I return the Flowtaker®?
Follow the instructions of your general practitioner, urologist, doctor or medical specialist. If agreed beforehand use the provided return envelope to return the Flowtaker® by post. Otherwise take the Flowtaker® with you to the next appointment.

How do I dispose the urine container, bag and instruction pamphlet?
Follow local regulation and instructions of your general practitioner, urologist, doctor or medical specialist. The paper bag and instruction pamphlet can be recycled as paper waste.

How long do the batteries last?
After activation by removal of the battery strip the Flowtaker® will last two weeks.

I have another question
Please contact your general practitioner, urologist, doctor or medical specialist for further questions.

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CONTACT


Please contact your general practitioner, urologist or medical specialist for further questions.

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