Teleflex Urology Care: What do I need to know about intermittent catheterisation?
The biggest concern of patients who are learning to catheterise themselves is that they will injure the urethra and cause inflammation of the bladder. However, there’s no need to worry. Learn more about the basic rules for intermittent catheterisation and check out these interesting questions about applying intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC).
What’s important to remember when applying intermittent self-catheterisation?
If you follow the instructions carefully, use the right type of catheter (tip / diameter), and stick to some basic rules, self-catheterisation is straightforward and can be carried out over a long period of time without causing any damage to your urethra or bladder.
Is it difficult to learn the application technique?
It may seem strange at first to empty your bladder with a urinary catheter. However, you can relax. Almost anyone can perform intermittent self-catheterisation, including children and those with limited mobility or manual dexterity. With the right training, it’s easy to learn how to catheterise yourself safely.
When you first start catheterising yourself, try to be relaxed and patient. It can be a little tricky and difficult at first, until you find the right grip and the best technique for you. Your ISC teacher will help you. They are specialised healthcare professionals, who will teach you the right technique on a one-on-one basis, to help you find the best method and position to carry out ISC safely and painlessly.
Should I tell the people close to me?
It might be helpful to talk about it with someone close to you, such as your family, partner or a friend. This may be useful if you require assistance or understanding in a particular situation. Other than that, this form of catheterisation is very discreet. Nobody will notice.
Basic rules for intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC)**
First of all: ISC should be carried out under aseptic conditions. Wash your hands and meatus (urethral opening) with soap and water and/or disinfect them with a disinfectant prior to catheterisation.*
Very important: Please always use a new sterile single-use catheter for each catheterisation. Never touch the part of the catheter that is inserted into the urethra and bladder, and don’t let it touch any other surfaces. If in doubt, discard the catheter and start the process again with a new one.
* Recommendations of the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) Guidelines 2013`
** The information provided here should not be used as a substitute for consulting a physician and carefully reading the instructions for use.
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