What are the indications for use of indwelling catheters for the treatment of neurogenic bladder?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Restrict the use of indwelling catheters to the following situations:

  • As comfort measures for the terminally ill
  • To avoid contamination or to promote healing of severe pressure sores
  • In cases of inoperable urethral obstruction that prevents bladder emptying
  • In individuals who are severely impaired and for whom alternative interventions are not an option
  • When an individual lives alone and a caregiver is unavailable to provide other supportive measures
  • For acutely ill patients who require accurate monitoring of fluid balance
  • For severely impaired persons for whom bed and clothing changes are painful or disruptive

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