Hi All. Been hearing for a while now that new EBP is stating NOT to check the foley balloon before it's inserted as there have been patient injuries due to the balloons not being fully deflated before insertion. Problem is, I haven't been able to find such documentation. Anyone got any links/information I can use? Thanks in advance.
Pretesting silicone balloons is not recommended; the silicone can form a cuff or crease at the balloon area that can cause trauma to the urethra during catheter insertion. Smith, JM (2003) Indwelling catheter management from habit based to evidence based practice Ostomy/Wound Management 49(12), 34-35
It is difficult to find evidence based research on this topic, but the powerpoint presentation by the group of nursing students is interesting (the link is given by jabroadwater).
Last edit by dishes on Feb 13, '11