I recently encountered a pediatric patient who required straight catheterization every 4-6 hours. According to the mom, in order to save $ the catheters are rinsed with water, soaked in alcohol, and then reused for 7 days. Is anyone else familiar with this protocol?
Jan 20, '08
The patients I've encountered wash the catheters with soap and water and soak in a water and vinegar solution for several hours, rinse and let dry on paper towels.
I don't understand any advantage of intermittent caths? An indwelling foley surely would be less likely to cause a UTI than cathing oneself every 6 hours, especially for a female.
Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Jan 20, '08