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Caring For a Urinary Catheter

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes of CPD
Provider
Ausmed

Urinary catheters are notorious for being improperly used and cared for, contributing to morbidity and prolonged hospital stays, and causing around 75% of healthcare-acquired urinary tract infections (CDC 2015; Gilbert, Naidoo & Redwig 2018).

In order to minimise the risk of complications such as UTIs, urethra trauma, bleeding and displacement, it is clear that the insertion and maintenance of these devices require significant and thorough care from healthcare professionals (NHS 2020).

What is a Urinary Catheter?

A urinary catheter (also known as an indwelling catheter or long-term catheter) is a hollow, flexible tube inserted through the urethra into the bladder that drains urine into an external collection bag (Healthy WA 2014; Cafasso 2017).

Once the catheter has been inserted, a small balloon on the internal end is inflated with sterile water to keep it in-situ. The balloon is deflated when the catheter needs to be removed (Healthy WA 2014; Cafasso 2017).

Generally, urinary catheters are required by patients who are unable to urinate on their own or are immobile, and are essential in avoiding a build-up of urine, which has the potential to cause pressure in the kidneys and lead to kidney failure (Cafasso 2017).

Delivery
Title
Caring For a Urinary Catheter
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Preventive healthcare | medicine
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes of CPD
Start Date
24-May-2020
End Date
24-May-2023
CPD Points
4 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
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