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Assessing patients for intermittent self-catheterisation

Study looked at types of catheter available for intermittent use

Study looks at types of catheter available for intermittent use

For patients experiencing incomplete bladder emptying, intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) is a relatively easy procedure and, for most, it will be more acceptable than a long-term catheter. It is now regarded as the gold standard for urine drainage.

If ISC is needed, patients will use a nelaton device. This is the collective term for a catheter that, unlike the Foley catheter, has no balloon to hold it in place. There is a range of catheters to choose from.

Hydrophilic catheters have a dehydrated coating that needs to be soaked for 30 seconds before use. They usually come packaged with a sachet of sterile water that activates the coating when pressed.

Pre-lubricated catheters come coated in gel and are ready to use. Both


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