Catheterization and Urostomy for the Community Pharmacist

Lynn Fletcher, PharmD


US Pharmacist. 2013;38(8):27-30. 

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It is critical for the community pharmacist to be conversant with catheterization and urostomy procedures and to be proficient in recommending related products and counseling patients. A broad awareness of the reasons for catheterization and urostomy, the performance of these procedures, types of catheterization, available products, and how to change a urostomy bag is necessary. Traditionally, there has been a lack of education of pharmacists in this area; however, a thorough knowledge of catheterization and urostomy products is essential because of the number of these procedures being performed and the need for related products.