Care of patients undergoing the removal of an indwelling urinary catheter.

An indwelling urinary (Foley) catheter may be used in the management of various urological conditions, such as intractable incontinence and urinary retention, or as part of treatment regimens such as chemotherapy. Although some catheters may be required for long-term use, healthcare practitioners should regularly assess whether the device is still necessary and if it can be removed. This is because urinary catheters are a highly invasive intervention and their use is associated with a range of potential complications, including healthcare-associated infection and trauma to the neck of the bladder. This article outlines the procedure for the safe removal of a urinary catheter, including the patient care and monitoring required before, during and after this procedure. It also explains the complications that are associated with catheter removal and how these can be prevented and managed.

Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987). 2020 Sep 28 [Epub ahead of print]

Alison Bardsley

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, England.

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