Urinary catheter is used to drain and collect urine from the urinary bladder. The urine is collected in a drainage bag. The three main types of catheters that are used include indwelling catheter, condom catheter and intermittent (short-term) catheter. The catheter may be inserted for a short or long-term basis depending on the person’s medical condition.
Short-term urinary catheter
A short term catheter may be inserted to:
Long-term urinary catheter
Long term catheter may be used:
Permanent urinary catheter
Permanent catheterisation may be done if:
Occasionally, urinary catheter may not be used for draining urine from the bladder due to a problem with the urinary tract. For instance, it may be used to deliver medication directly into the bladder to treat bladder cancer or a urinary catheter may be inserted to obtain a clean urine sample for culture and sensitivity when specially required.
Urinary catheterisation is a delicate process that must be undertaken with utmost care and hygiene. It may seem hard to begin with in the beginning.read more
Urinary catherisation is done with complete aseptic precautions to reduce the risk of infection.read more