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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