Appliances, Catheterisation and Other Aids
Management of conservative bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence is usually the domain of nurses. For successful treatment and management, the knowledge and skill of appliances that are available and teaching patients and carers how to use the products are keys to success. In this chapter a latest comprehensive overview is given of absorbent products, intermittent catheterisation and dilatation, the male external catheter and indwelling catheterisation (urethral and suprapubic). Also included are catheter materials, types of catheters, Charrière or French gauge and catheter management is described. For each subject nursing interventions like patient assessment, education, explanation, training, documentation, solutions for challenges with appliances and follow-up care will be discussed. Photos and flowcharts are used to explain products, conservative management or trouble shooting. Scientific data such as the latest literature and evidence-based (nursing) guidelines have been used to justify objective description of the subject of this chapter.
KeywordsAbsorbent products Intermittent catheterisation Dilatation Male external catheter Indwelling catheterisation—urethral and suprapubic Catheter materials Types of catheters Catheter management Patient education Nursing interventions
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