Review of Intermittent Catheterization and Current Best Practices

Diane K. Newman, MSN, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN, BCIA-PMDB; Margaret M. Willson, MSN, RN CWOCN


Urol Nurs. 2011;31(1) 

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Implementing Intermittent Catheterization

Intermittent catheterization can have a significant physical and/or emotional impact on patients' lives. However, very little research addresses the patient's problems and challenges in everyday life (Woodbury et al., 2008). Although medical personnel may be concerned about complications of intermittent catheterization, patients may be concerned about the discomfort associated with it, the need to maintain privacy, the fear of performing the catheterization, and the inability to find a clean and appropriate toilet when traveling outside their home. Clinicians need to consider these patient concerns in their teaching and recommend possible strategies.