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Urinary Catheter Care

Course Summary

Catheters may be used for various medical purposes. They are inserted to obtain a urine specimen or to measure urine output. Indwelling catheters are inserted for longer periods of time to address a bladder obstruction, to help prevent skin breakdown, and to maintain an accurate record of fluid intake and output. Catheterization is an invasive procedure that could expose a patient to infection. As a result, proper procedures and sterile techniques must be followed for the insertion of the catheter. Care of the urinary catheter system should follow basic rules of infection prevention and the health facility policies of handwashing and to prevent exposure of the patient with an indwelling catheter to infection. The most common complications associated with indwelling urinary catheters are infection, obstruction of the catheter, and trauma.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the urinary tract and urinary system
  • Explain clean and sterile technique methods
  • Identify specific techniques that are used to care for a patient with an indwelling urinary catheter
Course Syllabus
  • Introduction
  • Indwelling Catheters
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System
  • The Indwelling Urinary Catheter System
  • Basics of Urinary Catheter Care
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Caring for the Patient with an Indwelling Urinary Catheter
  • Case Study
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Kristina (Tia) Neu

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