CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS: Inserting an indwelling urinary catheter in a male patient

July 2004 
Volume 34  Number 7
Pages 24 - 24
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    YOUR PATIENT may need an indwelling urinary catheter if infection, an enlarged prostate, or urinary tract surgery disrupts normal urination or if his bladder must be kept empty.


    * Verify the order. Explain the procedure to your patient, provide privacy, and wash your hands.

    * Have him lie on his back with his thighs slightly apart and drape him so his penis is uncovered. Put on clean gloves.

    * Wash his penis with soap and water. Rinse and dry it, then remove your gloves and wash your hands.

    * Open the sterile catheter kit on a clean surface. Put on sterile gloves.

    * Without contaminating the center, place the waterproof drape under your patient's penis on his upper thigh. Place the fenestrated drape over his penis.

    * Using supplies in the kit, pour povidone-iodine ...

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