what does YOUR patient use for lubing up his cath tip. He he he

  1. Yesterday, I heard this funny story from one of the nurses regarding what a patient had said to her. So, I have to share.

    This patient has a foley cath in. He had it in for about two days and was requesting it be changed. He said that his doctor doesn't want the catheters in for long amounts of time because he has frequent urinary tract infections. (straight cathed at home.) The nurse felt the patient needed teaching regarding infection control and cathing. So, while she is explaining to the patient and the caregiver, the caregiver asks, "so would spitting on the catheter tip for lubrication cause infection?"

    Welp, now we know what could be the cause of those darned infections!
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  3. by   shelleybelle
  4. by   jnette
    OH, OH, OH !!!
  5. by   Zee_RN
    Tee-hee! Just when you think you've heard it all.....
  6. by   redshiloh
    We had a guy who used toilet water(yes, the real stuff).
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by redshiloh
    We had a guy who used toilet water(yes, the real stuff).
    EEEEE yew Wonder if he used those big blue tablets as well.
  8. by   Keely-FutureRN

  9. by   kimmicoobug
    toilet water? I think that is worse than using spit. Bleh.
  10. by   Louie18
    Had an oldtimer enroute o Ala. for him and wifes first vacation. (both in their late 60's) Stopped in small ER for urine retention>TUR>5days post-op prep for discharge.
    I says, "I'll be right back to take your catheter out."
    Returned to room with him holding bloody balloon, wide eyed and bleeding>10 more days inpatient.
    Never did make Fla.
  11. by   kimmicoobug
    Ouch. I just don't understand how some patients can pull out various tubes out of their body. I had a patient in med-surg who pulled out his NG tube, IV lines. Surprisingly, he didn't try to pull out his Foley.
  12. by   Dave ARNP
    We are in a rural and somewhat undereduacated area.

    Had this problem ALOT!

    Finally, we got tired of readmitts, for ripped foleys, NG's and the like.

    We now have little tags that go on the lines, in CLEAR VIEW,
    They are white, and go on in a wrap around sticky.


    They are white, with red writing.

    Only one pulled foley. No other pulled lines...

    Two years in use.

    David Bass,
  13. by   renerian
    YUCK but I have seen someone who did that in home health. YUCK


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