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Male Catheters
 
 
Male Catheters
Urinary catheters are used for a wide variety of indications including to relieve urinary retention, measure urine output and collect urine samples. Male catheterisation can be more difficult and higher risk than female catheterisation due to the length and course of the male urethra.
 

Catheters

 
 

Catheter Sizing

  • Bigger is usually easier - go up a size rather than down if insertion is difficult
    • Types of Catheters

    • Straight, single lumen - for collection of urinary specimens
    • Double lumen (with balloon) - most patients
    • Triple lumen - continuous irrigation for patients with clots or haematuria or post urologic surgery
    • Sizing

    • 6-10 French - paediatric patients
    • 12-14 French - most patients
    • 16-20 French - patients with clots or haematuria
    • 22 French (triple lumen) - continuous irrigation for patients with clots or haematuria or post urologic surgery
Last updated on January 1st, 2018
 
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