I am a nursing student who has switched programs/schools.
At my new school, we were going over catheterization today. Even after betadine-ing the penis/vagina, once you touch pull back and up or grasp the penis, that hand is now considered unsterile..... Correct?
Now, as I was watching my classmate perform a catheter on a male dummmy, (holding the penis in her left hand) she was touching her right hand onto the penis as she was inserting the catheter tube!!!
My old college, this was a huge no-no and we would fail our practicum because our right hand was no longer sterile. My Current teacher said that you can touch the penis with your right hand as you're feeding the tube in because the betadine made the penis tip sterile.
I thought that skin was Never Truly sterile.
Does this violate sterile procedure and have the possibility to introduce microbes into the meautus, or is my current teacher correct??????
Please HELP!!! I feel as though this is extremely important in minimizing nosocomial infections.
-----Sara Rogers, future nurse