Intermittent Catheterization is an effective method to drain the urine from the bladder by using a flexible tube called a catheter. The catheter is inserted through the urethra and goes in up to the bladder until urine is released.
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Always wash your hands with soap and water. Antiseptic wipes may be used when water and soap are unavailable. With water and soap, clean the opening to the urethra and its surroundings.
Open the catheter’s packaging.
Lubricate the tip and the first 2″ of the catheter using a water soluble lubricant.
Hold the penis in a horizontal position from your body and gently insert the catheter into the urethra until a steady flow of urine is obtained. Allow the urine to flow into a toilet or container.
Once bladder is completely empty, gently and slowly remove catheter from the bladder. Wipe yourself and throw away the used catheter.
Contact your primary care physician if you present any of the following symptoms: Pain or discomfort when cathing, blood in urine, nausea or vomiting, fever, an absence of urine for more then 6 hours, feeling an urgency or a frequency of urination, or inability to insert catheter through to your bladder.
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