Intermittent Urinary Catheterization

Intermittent Urinary Catheterization

Intermittent (straight) urinary catheter insertion involves inserting a temporary catheter into the bladder to drain urine. In contrast with an indwelling urinary catheter, an intermittent catheter is removed as soon as the urine is drained. It’s a preferred alternative to indwelling urinary catheter insertion for managing patients with neurogenic bladder and urinary retention because it’s associated with lower infection rates than indwelling urinary catheterization.1,2,3,4

Intermittent urinary catheterization has been used in patients with spinal cord injury, spinal tumors, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, myelodysplasia, bladder outlet obstruction, and continent urinary diversion. It’s also been used to manage incontinence and postoperative urinary retention as well as to collect urine samples for culture and sensitivity.

Intermittent urinary catheterization is used long-term or short-term, depending on the patient’s condition. When used routinely, it should be performed at regular intervals throughout the day according to the patient’s fluid intake to prevent bladder overdistention.2

In a health care facility, use sterile or clean technique for insertion, depending on your facility’s policy. At home, the patient may use clean technique without increasing the risk for a urinary tract infection.4

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Intermittent Urinary Catheterization

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