Anyone had any experience with positioning a male patient other than lying on his back to place a urinary catheter? I was wondering if any other positioning would redistribute internal organs that may be putting pressure on the prostate and thereby minimize internal stricture of the urethra. Had a difficult placement last night and was brainstorming about ways to make passing by that prostate-especially if a little enlarged-easier on my patients. (We don't have Coudes and the couple of times I used them I didn't find a significant difference). I use lots of lubricant, go slowly and have them do breathing excercises but it occurred to me perhaps positioning might make a difference.
I've seen the side-lying position used in females but that was primarily for comfort in holding the position.
Experiences/ opinions please?