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Seeking Your Assistance: Access to Catheters for Continent Reservoir Surgery

We are writing to bring your attention to an issue that has recently come to our notice and requires your support and input. It has come to our attention that Canadians who have undergone continent reservoir surgery, such as the Koch Pouch procedure, are currently facing challenges in accessing the catheters they require for their post-surgery needs. Ensuring that this patient population has reliable access to these essential catheters is a priority for NSWOCC. To address this issue effectively, we need to gain a comprehensive understanding of the situation across Canada. Specifically, we are seeking to determine how many individuals have undergone continent reservoir surgery and now require intermittent intubation with large bore silicone catheters (ranging from 26 to 30 Fr and spanning multiple brands) for evacuation. This is where we need your assistance. We kindly request that you share any information you may have regarding the number of patients in each province and territory across Canada who have had continent reservoir surgery and currently require these catheters. Your input is invaluable in helping us develop a business case to improve the accessibility of these vital catheters throughout Canada. By working together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who rely on these supplies.

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We appreciate your support and collaboration in addressing this important issue. Together, we can ensure that Canadians who have had continent reservoir surgery receive the care and supplies they need.

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