How to remove an indwelling urinary catheter in female patients.

Rationale and key points This article aims to assist nurses to undertake the removal of an indwelling urinary catheter in female patients in a safe, timely, effective and patient-centred manner, while maintaining the patient's privacy and dignity. It is important for the nurse to be competent in undertaking this procedure, and to be aware of local and national policies on catheter removal. » Indwelling urinary catheters should be changed only when clinically necessary, or according to the manufacturer's guidelines. » Urinary catheters should be removed using sterile equipment. » The balloon of the indwelling catheter must be deflated before removal, and the catheter should be removed slowly to minimise trauma. Reflective activity 'How to' articles can help you update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of: » How you think this article might change your practice when removing an indwelling urinary catheter. » How you could use this article to educate your colleagues.

Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987). 2017 Jan 04 [Epub]

Alison Bardsley

Coventry University, Coventry, England.

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