We are being tested in skills lab on indwelling catheter insertion. The instructor had us leave the syringe attached to the catheter after inflating & deflating the retention balloon to test its patency. However, our book states to detach the syringe once deflated & then to reattach after the catheter is inserted. One instructor said to do it the way we were taught & the other said to follow the book, so needless to say we are all very confused, especially since we practiced keeping the syringe attached. Is one way better than the other? Or does anybody have a preference? Thanks.
A little off topic, but a new practice where I work.
We have been working on reducing UTI's following foley insertion/use. The new initiative is no testing of the balloon. I guess the theory behind the practice is the very low balloon failure rate vs. the likelihood of breaking sterile tech. while inflating the balloon.
Last edit by CarVsTree on Jun 2, '07
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