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British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)

Catheter lubrication and fixation: interventions.


PMID 23752454

Abstract

This article looks at the indications for catheterisation, the anatomy of the urethra, the importance of asepsis and the rationale for the use of urethral lubrication for catheter insertion. The variations of lubrication available are discussed, including the use of products containing lidocaine and chlorhexidine. It then considers the problems caused by traction to the catheter and discusses the securement devices available for preventing tissue damage at the bladder neck, within the urethra and also at the meatus. The variation of devices is examined along with the potential problems associated with their use. Finally, it discusses the importance of clinicians being knowledgeable about the problems looked at and how to resolve them.