The feasibility of clean intermittent self-catheterization teaching in an outpatient setting - Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of teaching clean intermittent self-catheterization (CISC) in an outpatient setting to women planning surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or urinary incontinence (UI).

METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of 55 women who planned surgical correction of POP and/or UI. All women were taught CISC as part of their preoperative education. The ability to learn CISC and the amount of time needed to teach CISC were recorded. Multivariate modeling, χ test, Fisher exact test, and Kruskal-Wallis analysis of variance were used for statistical analysis.

RESULTS: Of the 55 subjects consecutively enrolled, 51 subjects (93%) were able to learn CISC and demonstrate competency (P < 0.00001). Four subjects (7%) were unable to learn CISC. The median time to teach CISC with demonstrated proficiency was 3.7 minutes (range, 1.8-7.4 minutes). Of the subjects who learned CISC and had surgery, the mean (SD) time in days from preoperative teaching to the postoperative voiding trial was 16 (11) days (range, 2-39 days). Of the 41 subjects who completed the postoperative voiding trial and had data recorded, 33 (80%) were able to self-catheterize without nurse assistance or with minimal verbal coaching, whereas 8 (20%) subjects required hands-on nursing assistance or were unable to perform CISC (P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Clean intermittent self-catheterization can be taught to most patients undergoing POP/UI surgery in a short time (median, 3.7 minutes). The overwhelming majority of patients are able to retain the CISC skill weeks after being taught in the clinic.

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Written by:
Bickhaus JA, Drobnis EZ, Critchlow WA, Occhino JA, Foster RT Sr.   Are you the author?
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO; Division of Gynecologic Surgery, Department of Urogynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Reference: Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan 21. Epub ahead of print.

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PMID: 25679356