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Urinary Catheters


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Use of Catheters

    • Indications

    • Bladder drainage - for relief of acute urinary retention or bladder outlet obstruction
    • Prevention of urinary retention due to clots
    • Measurement of urine output
    • Perioperative use - urologic surgery, prolonged surgery, large volumes of intraoperative infusion or diuretics, intraoperative urine output measurement
    • Urine specimen collection in patients who are unable to voluntarily void
    • To assist in the healing of perineal wounds in incontinent patients
    • Instillation of medications into the bladder
    • Not Indications

    • Urinary incontinence
    • Confusion
    • Prolonged bed rest with no indication for catheterisation
    • Measuring urine output in patients who are able to void where hourly output is not required
    • Prolonged postoperative catheterisation without an indication
    • Contraindications

    • Urethral trauma - e.g. due to pelvic fracture
    • Urethral stricture
    • Recent urologic surgery (men) - discuss with a urologist first
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