Intermittent self-catheterisation: teaching the skill to patients
John Robinson District charge nurse, Continence Service, North Lancashire Primary Care Trust, Morecambe, Lancashire
Intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) is not a new concept. However, it is a method that could be more widely used by patients to drain the bladder rather than having an indwelling catheter with a drainage bag and its associated problems. The author describes the procedure, patient assessment, and the training required by patients so that they can undertake ISC. Self-catheterisation promotes patient independence, improves quality of life and helps to avoid complications associated with indwelling urinary catheters.
Nursing Standard. 21, 29, 48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.03.21.29.48.c4539Correspondence
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