Ask yourself: does this patient really need a catheter?
The use of catheters has serious implications and nurses should constantly review the need to continue with them, says updated RCN guidance
- Guidance applies to all settings, including nursing homes
- Grounded in practice, it focuses on infection control
- Consider alternatives – don’t see catheters as default position
Rose Gallagher has a message for nurses and other clinicians caring for patients in all health and care settings: before reaching for a catheter consider the alternatives.
‘We want to ensure that all teams focus on the patient and not the device,’ she says, adding that she wants to encourage nurses to think: ‘Do we really need to do this?’
As the RCN professional lead for infection prevention and control, Ms Gallagher was part of a team responsible for updated college guidance on catheter care. Published earlier this...
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