Policy briefing

Improving care for patients who have catheters

RCN updates its guidance on using catheters and how to minimise associated risks
nurse prepares a catheter for insertion

RCN updates its guidance on using catheters and how to minimise associated risks

Essential information

Continence is one of the fundamentals of nursing care and maintaining continence can help safeguard a patient’s quality of life. Many people may need catheters to help them manage everyday activities. Catheters can provide an effective way of draining the bladder, for both short and long-term purposes, however their use increases the risk of infection.

What’s new

Updated guidance to improve the use and safety of catheters in the NHS and independent healthcare sectors has been published by the RCN.

It aims to support a full

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