foley catheter change

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    I am a new graduate LPN and just started working at a clinic; I have been assigned to work with the Urologist, but I do not have a lot of experience with this field.
    First, when you change a foley catheter, do you need to instill sterile water into the foley 1st before pulling it, so that there will be return since they have the catheter in all the time and there would be very little or no urine in the bladder to determine if you are in the bladder or not? We were not taught this, but I have heard about from around the clinic.
    Second, there are two sphincters, right? How do you know you are past both of them if urine will come when you get past the external one? Or will it? Is it possible to inflate the balloon while in between the two sphincters?
    Any advice would be of great importance.
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    I have been a nurse for over 25 years and this is the first time I have ever heard of instilling anything before pulling the catheter out. I am not sure where your team members are getting their anatomy from, but you have one sphincter only for urinary control, both in men and women. The way we learned to insert them long ago, was to insert all the way in, fill the balloon, then gently pull back until you met resistance. You want to make sure that you are in the bladder before blowing up the balloon. You never want to inflate the balloon while the tip is still in the urethra.
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    We too were taught there are two sphincters: external and internal urethral.
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    Yes It is possible to inflate the balloon while it is still in the urethra - I have seen it done on a male. (Okay guys you can wipe your eyes and try to stop wincing) - since I work ICU this was a sedated pt. Usually though the urine will not flow until the catheter is in the bladder and inflating the balloon is more difficult if it is not fully in the bladder.

    I have never heard of instilling water/saline but I can see the rationale especially if you work with patients who, for one reason or another may have unusual anatomy and making catheterisation difficult.
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    If you look at any MEDICAL anatomy chart, you will find only one urethral sphincter listed. You will find both an internal and external anal sphincter.
    You need to have the tip of the foley in the bladder before blowing up the balloon. Please tell me what book you saw this in, about the two urethral sphincters, as it is in none of mine.

    Gwenith: They were talking about instilling a liquid BEFORE removing the foley. Have you ever needed to do that?
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    The internal and external urinary sphincter muscles regulate the flow of urine through the urethra.

    http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/ap/seeley...18summary.html


    The pudendal nerve is the somatic component of bladder innervation and innervates the external sphincter. When stimulated, it produces contraction of the external urethral sphincter. The external sphincter plays an infrequent role in maintaining continence, since it is only able to remain tightly contracted for a short period of time. This sphincter normally contracts with transient increases in intra-abdominal pressure such as occurs with coughing sneezing, and laughing.

    The parasympathetic nerve fibers arise from the 2nd through the 4th segments of the sacral spinal cord, and innervate the detrusor muscle. Stimulation occurs when the individual desires micturition. When stimulated, the detrusor contracts resulting in elevated intravesicular pressure. The internal urinary sphincter is innervated by the sympathetic nervous system. These nerves originate from the lower thoracic and upper lumbar segments of the spinal cord. When stimulated, the internal sphincter relaxes.

    http://www.incontinent.com/store/art...ryinco0901.asp

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    Quote from suzanne4
    If you look at any MEDICAL anatomy chart, you will find only one urethral sphincter listed. You will find both an internal and external anal sphincter.
    You need to have the tip of the foley in the bladder before blowing up the balloon. Please tell me what book you saw this in, about the two urethral sphincters, as it is in none of mine.

    Gwenith: They were talking about instilling a liquid BEFORE removing the foley. Have you ever needed to do that?
    The reasoning behind instilling the sterile water before pulling the foley is so you will know you are in the bladder because if the patient has a catheter in place for long-term there will be little or no urine when the foley is replaced, so you will not be "sure" you are in the bladder before you inflate the balloon - that is the reasoning I got anyway and was wondering if anyone else has done this
    In my A & P book, there is an external and internal sphincter
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    Quote from gwenith
    Yes It is possible to inflate the balloon while it is still in the urethra - I have seen it done on a male. (Okay guys you can wipe your eyes and try to stop wincing) - since I work ICU this was a sedated pt. Usually though the urine will not flow until the catheter is in the bladder and inflating the balloon is more difficult if it is not fully in the bladder.

    I have never heard of instilling water/saline but I can see the rationale especially if you work with patients who, for one reason or another may have unusual anatomy and making catheterisation difficult.
    The patient would feel this if this happened, so you should know right away and be able to deflate it and move it in further, right?
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    I stand corrected, but in the medical anatomy books there is only one sphincter. You are still concerned only with the one when putting in the catheter, the internal sphincter.
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    From a standpoint of someone needing a neo-bladder, you only worry about the internal sphincter. Same as with a woman who hs urinary incont. problems after having several children. The thickness of the external sphincter is extremely thin, so I have never worried about it, and consider it not to even be there. You are either in the urethra or the bladder when putting in the foley, bladder is the preferred site.

    I wouldn't worry about this, it just comes with practice. Where you can have problems is with an older male patient who has a stricture at his prostate.


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