Changing Urinary catheters

  1. I discovered the other day that my facility does not have a policy on changing catheters. So guess what I have to do?!
    Trouble is, my old assumptions do not appear to hold any water (no that was not an intended pun). I always thought that the catheter had to be changed q month. Does anyone have any links or info to help me find current guidelines? Thanks in advance.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   mustangsheba
    The policy in all the home health agencies I've worked for was to change q. month and prn. Some require more frequent changes especially if the urine chronically has a lot of sediment or other debris. Supra-pubic catheters the same. I always change when starting treatment for a UTI or any time it starts looking really grody. But always every month.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    WOCN Clinical Fact Sheet on indwelling catheters
    http://www.wocn.org/PDF/C_INDCAT.pdf

    Ten Tips for Foley Catheter Use & Care : includes link CEU article
    http://nursing.about.com/library/weekly/aa062001a.htm

    England: Indwelling urethral catheters.
    http://www.nursing-standard.co.uk/ar...4753v15w46.pdf

    Google search for INDWELLING URINARY CATHETER MANAGEMENT
    http://www.google.com/search?q=indwe...n&start=0&sa=N

    NIH: Percutaneous Nephrostomy Tube Care
    http://www.cc.nih.gov/nursing/nephros.html
  5. by   Cubby
    Thank you to all. I appreciate the info!!
  6. by   micro
    sheila c-----------

    where do you work that they don't have a urinary catheter policy in place already...................

    all yes, that i have worked with either foley or suprapubic is q mo. and prn..........................

    sheila c----------they must need you bad..........and you will do them good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just don't burn yourself out.........
  7. by   Momma_Penguin
    Our facility's policy... change q 4 to 6 weeks and prn... and most of the time it is hitting the last waning hours of the 6 th week. Laura LPN
  8. by   SICU Queen
    I've always heard q 1 month and PRN...

    Have fun writing that policy, lol...

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