In urinary catheterization a latex, polyurethane, or silicone tube of various sizes, known as a urinary catheter, is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. Catheterization allows urine to drain from the bladder for collection. A clinician, often a nurse, usually performs the procedure.
Catheters may be necessary in cases when you can’t empty your bladder. If the bladder isn’t emptied, urine can build up and lead to pressure in the kidneys. The pressure can lead to kidney failure, which can be dangerous and result in permanent damage to the kidneys.
Most catheters are necessary until you regain the ability to urinate on your own, which is usually a short period of time. Older adults and those with a permanent injury or severe illness may need to use urinary catheters for a much longer time or permanently.
A urethral catheter can be inserted by any health care practitioner, most often a nurse. No prior patient preparation is required. The bladder is catheterized through the urethra unless the urethral route is contraindicated.
Catheterization of the urethra begins with carefully cleaning the urethral meatus with an antibacterial solution. Then, using strict sterile technique, the catheter is lubricated with sterile gel and gently advanced through the urethra into the bladder.
After the procedure has been completed, the nurse will
• Remove the drapes.
• Secure the catheter to the thigh with an adhesive bandage or tape.
The price of a urinary catheterization procedure includes labour (nurse's work) plus the price of the sanitary supplies.
Urinary bag change - 40 lei
Urinary catheter removal - 60 lei
Urinary catheter insertion - women - 120 lei
Urinary catheter insertion - men - 120 lei
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