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A catheter tube is a device that is inserted in the bladder. The objective of inserting a catheter is to permit Urine to drain freely.

WHEN IS A CATHETER TUBE INSERTED ?

There are multiple reasons because of which a patient may require catheter insertion.
A few are listed below:

  • To give rest to the bladder post-surgery
  • When patients develop conditions such as stroke
  • Issues related to the spinal cord
  • Advanced complications arising due to Diabetes

HOW TO CARE FOR A CATHETER ?

Below we are listing down a few important steps to always keep in mind when caring for a catheter:

  • While you have a catheter insertion, drink 1 to 2 glasses of liquids every 2 hours
  • Rinse the area well and dry it gently
  • Cleaning of the catheter is a must. Change the drainage bags at frequent intervals and wash them everyday

  • PREVENTING INFECTIONS

    • Making sure that the drainage bag is always kept below the bladder level of the patient. It should also be kept off the floor at all times
    • The catheter should be prevented from changing positions or moving. To achieve the same, it should be secured to the patient’s thigh
    • The patient should be monitored to avoid him/her from blocking the urine flow into the tube. The medical team should also be careful to prevent the patient from lying down on their catheter.
    • The care administrators should follow hand hygiene protocols before coming in contact with the catheter

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