What should I do when I first get the Afex® system?
The first thing we suggest is to watch the instructional video available on our website or request a free DVD. Then read the instructions. Verify proper waist size of the briefs and try the system at home. Do NOT engage the activity tabs on the bag for most normal, everyday use. Get accustomed to the system at home before wearing it out in public. If you need further assistance or different components for your application, call the Arcus Medical Help Line – toll free 1-877-272-8763.
How does the Afex® system work?
There are three main components to the Afex® system: a receptacle, briefs, and a collection bag. The receptacle is a loose-fitting, latex-free and adhesive-free ergonomically shaped device. The receptacle has a firm but flexible outer shell and a soft inner liner. The inner liner forms a double wall so the skin is suspended away from any residual urine. The receptacle is held in place with briefs and a 16 oz (500 ml) collection bag is attached directly to the receptacle with an easy “twist-and-lock” connection. When properly used for the correct application, Afex® is a comfortable, discreet, convenient, and cost-effective alternative to disposable pads and catheters.
Should I engage the Activity Tabs on the bags to secure them to the briefs?
For normal, everyday active use, which may include normal walking and sitting, then no. We advise you to not use the Activity Tabs during normal use as they may inadvertently cause the receptacle nozzle to exceed a level required for urine drainage into the bag. Only engage Activity Tabs on the bag if you are in rigorous, predominantly standing activity, such as running, fast-walking, dancing, golfing, tennis, hiking, etc. During most normal everyday use, the Activity Tabs on the bags should not be secured to the briefs.
Where is the standard collection bag situated and how does it stay in place?
The bag is positioned on the inside the upper left thigh area. It is supported by the briefs and during high activity levels can be secured with Activity Tabs which prevent the bag from swinging back and forth. Typically, if you are in a low-activity mode, we suggest to NOT use the Activity Tabs so the bag remains lower than the receptacle to improve flow. This is especially important in a sitting position.
How do you drain the urine from the bag?
The collection bag features an easy-open drain clamp that operates by pulling up on a lever. It also features a safety lock to prevent accidental opening during use of the system.
What parts of the Afex® system are reusable?
All parts of the Afex® system are reusable. Some components last longer than others, but because it isn’t a daily or per single use disposable, you can save up to 50% per year versus disposable absorbent pads.
How often do the reusable parts need to be replaced?
The recommended replacement interval for collection bags and receptacles is every 30 days for optimal protection against leaks due to mechanical wear and tear. Briefs should be purchased based on personal preference and frequency of laundering. Briefs as well as our overnight pads last about 200 washings.
Can I take a nap with the Afex® system on?
Yes, as long as you have the nozzle of the receptacle pointed downward so urine can freely flow into the bag and the void volume during your nap will not exceed the capacity of the collection bag. Keep in mind that the collection bag volume is reduced when not in a standing position. For best results, the collection bag should be emptied often to ensure there is space for urine to pass into the bag. Too much urine in the bag may prohibit the one-way flapper valve to properly open to let additional urine into the bag.
Do I have to completely disconnect the system in order to have a bowel movement?
No, you do not need to disconnect anything. Simply lower the briefs as with typical underwear.
What type of patient should NOT use Afex®?
It is not recommended for men with a retracted penis or less than one inch of length. Also, a rigid implant will not work with the Afex® system. We also suggest care-giver assistance if the user has a loss of dexterity.