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.
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