Indwelling Catheters Articles


  • Indwelling Catheter Definition & Types

    What is an Indwelling Catheter?

    Indwelling Catheter Illustration

    An indwelling urinary catheter (IUC), 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. External collecting devices (e.g. drainage tubing and bag) are connected to the catheter for urine collection 

    Indwelling urinary catheters are recommended only for short-term use, defined as less than 30 days (EAUN recommends no longer than 14 days.) The catheter is inserted for continuous drainage of the bladder for two common bladder dysfunction: urinary incontinence (UI) and urinary retention.

    Published January 15, 2013
  • Predictors of long-term bladder management in spinal cord injury patients-Upper extremity function may matter most.

    Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) is the gold standard for neurogenic bladder management in most patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). There is nonetheless a lack of long-term adherence to CIC, with up to 50% discontinuance at 5-year follow-up.

    Published October 22, 2017
  • Racial disparities in bladder management in veterans with spinal cord injury and disorders.

    Neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction is common in individuals with spinal cord injury and disorders (SCI/D). The purpose of this study was to identify specific demographic, neurologic, and urologic factors associated with different bladder management methods (BMMs) in individuals with SCI/D.

    Published June 16, 2019

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