Changing the Catheter at Home

What is a Foley Catheter Placement?

It is a flexible tube of various sizes that is inserted into the urinary bladder to empty it.

Methods of catheter placement and change at home There are two methods for catheter placement:

  1. Urethral, where the insertion is done through the urethra.
  2. Suprapubic, where the insertion is done through the abdominal wall.

Types of Foley Catheter Placement used:

  1. Single-lumen catheters, are used for intermittent catheterization and in cases of urethral stricture.
  2. Double-lumen or Foley catheters, with a balloon to keep them in place.
  3. Triple-lumen catheters, are used for bladder irrigation and hematuria.
  4. Depending on the material, we use latex and silicone catheters.

Indications for urethral catheter placement:

  1. Acute and chronic urinary retention.
  2. Measurement of urine for fluid balance control.
  3. Neurological conditions affecting urination.
  4. Monitoring urine output during surgical procedures.
  5. Bedridden patients due to injuries.
  6. Patients before urological interventions.

Contraindications for urethral catheter placement:

  1. Acute prostatitis.
  2. Injury or suspected injury to the urethra.
Foley Catheter Placement at home:
  1. Is performed following the doctor’s instructions.
  2. Depends on the patient and the type of catheter.
  3. The latex catheter should be changed every two weeks.
Complications of catheter use at home:

The most common complication is catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). Epididymitis, inflammation of the epididymis. Catheter blockage. Urinary leakage from the urethra. Urethral injury during catheter placement. Hematuria.

Oikoiatriki undertakes catheter placement in your home. Experienced urologists and nurses ensure the correct and safe placement and change of catheters at home.

Our goal is to provide high-quality medical and nursing services to all patients.

Our philosophy is professionalism and patient care.

Looking for catheter placement and change services at home? Contact Oikoiatriki at +30 210-2203222. Medical services in the comfort of your home.

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