Prevention and management of urinary catheter blockages in community settings
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Prevention and management of urinary catheter blockages in community settings

Catherine Paterson Associate professor in nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Rya Dalziell Nursing student, University of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Tina Forshaw Advanced practice nurse urology, Canberra Health Services, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Allison Turner Prostate cancer specialist nurse, Canberra Health Services, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Gillian Fraser Uro-oncology specialist nurse, Canberra Health Services, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Why you should read this article
  • To enhance your knowledge of the assessment, diagnosis and management of long-term urinary catheter blockages in community settings

  • To identify and support patients who are at risk of catheter blockages, and advise them about potential preventative strategies

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Self-management of long-term urinary catheters can be challenging for patients, and recurrent catheter blockages may cause concern among patients, carers and healthcare professionals. Catheter blockages are a significant challenge for nurses practising in community settings, because frequent and unplanned catheter changes can be costly to healthcare services in terms of time and resources. This article details evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and diagnosis of catheter blockages, as well as the identification of risk factors. It also explains the interventions that can be used to prevent and manage catheter blockages and describes the role of the nurse in supporting patients with a long-term catheter in situ in community settings.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11431

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Correspondence

catherine.paterson@canberra.edu.au

Conflict of interest

None declared

Paterson C, Dalziell R, Forshaw T et al (2019) Prevention and management of urinary catheter blockages in community settings. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11431

Published online: 30 August 2019