Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities
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Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities

Penny Tremayne Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Jillian Pawlyn Lecturer in nursing, Learning disabilities, the Open University, Milton Keynes, England

The insertion of an indwelling urethral catheter is a considered, invasive intervention that places the patient in a position of increased vulnerability. It requires the nurse to have the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare and perform the procedure while supporting the patient. Such a procedure may evoke a range of emotions and responses in a person with a learning disability. It is important that nurses address the needs of the individual and tailor the care to their needs in a sensitive and respectful manner.

Learning Disability Practice. 22, 4, 39-52. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2019.e1949


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