Managing indwelling catheters in community settings

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Managing indwelling catheters in community settings

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Long-term catheterisation is indicated for a wide range of conditions and circumstances. Due to the potential complications associated with indwelling catheters they should only be fitted in cases where other options are not appropriate.

It is essential that nurses working in community settings are familiar with managing any complications related to these devices and that they know how to change the devices safely. Community nurses have an important role to play in supporting patients and their carers, ensuring that they have all the information they need to manage with their catheter. Patients and carers need to be given advice on how to lessen the risk of complications associated with indwelling catheters. It is also important for community nurses to know how to troubleshoot and avoid common complications such as blockages.

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