Indwelling Catheters

Urologic Catheters: Indwelling | Intermittent | External


Indwelling Catheters


An indwelling urinary catheter, generally referred to as a “Foley” catheter, is a closed-sterile system with a catheter and retention balloon that is inserted either through the urethra or suprapubically to allow for bladder drainage. Indwelling urethral catheters are used to relieve urinary retention and to manage long-term urinary incontinence (UI).


Indwelling urinary catheters are recommended for short-term use and include management of acute urinary retention, postoperative bladder decompression, and monitoring urinary output in acutely ill patients. Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common type of infection acquired in the health-care setting. Indwelling catheters are associated with multiple complications.


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Indwelling Urinary Catheter

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