Urinary catheterisation is a commonly done procedure. It is done with complete aseptic precautions, but despite the high hygiene standards maintained during catheterisation, around 1 in 10 people, who have a catheter, get a urinary tract infection (UTI).
The risk of urinary tract infection increases if the catheter is left in a particular place for long term (an indwelling catheter) or if the catheter is self inserted by the patient at home. The health care provider can train you to use the catheter by yourself at home with the correct hygiene measures.
Symptoms suggestive of a UTI include:
If you have symptoms suggestive of a UTI, consult your doctor. Your doctor will do urine test/s and recommend antibiotics. Furthermore, the catheter is changed. In some cases, the doctor may recommend antibiotics to you as a precaution to prevent UTIs if long-term urinary catheterisation is needed. Antibiotic gels may be used to lubricate the catheter during insertion.
Other risks associated with using urinary catheter include: