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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | November 2017

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Understanding long-term catheterisation for effective bladder drainage

Understanding long-term catheterisation for effective bladder drainage
Continence

Article topics: Choice, Continence, Education, Foley catheters

Patients in the community often have a long-term catheter in place and so their management inevitably becomes the responsibility of community nurses. As urinary incontinence can cause patients discomfort and have a negative impact on their day-to-day life, it is important that healthcare professionals understand the reasons for catheterisation and are aware of the different treatment options available, such as urethral and suprapubic, in order to provide patients with the most suitable device according to their needs and lifestyle. This paper explores the issues involved with indwelling catheterisation and looks at one new product range that aims to promote patient comfort and reduce associated risks.