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Do’s and Don’ts of Urinary Catheters

In this article we will discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of Urinary Catheters

In this article, we will discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of Urinary Catheters. So, let’s get started.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Choose an appropriate sized catheter
  • Insert using aseptic technique and precautions
  • Never insert forcibly
  • Do not inflate the balloon until urine has been seen coming from the catheter
  • Record the residual volume
  • Do not use a catheter introducer unless you have been trained in its use
  • If difficulty is encountered inserting a urinary catheter consider a suprapubic catheter
  • Remove at the earliest possibility

Complications

  • Paraphimosis
  • Blockage
  • By-passing
  • Infection
  • Inflammation (cystitis, pyelonephritis, urosepsis, epididymitis)
  • Malignancy
  • Hematuria
  • Stones
  • Fistula
  • Traumatic hypospadias
  • Periurethral urine leakage
  • Failure of balloon to deflate
  • Urethral strictures

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