Patients with acute urinary retention are commonly given an indwelling catheter, thereby increasing risk of infection when compared to intermittent catheterisation. A hospital in the UK changed its practice and now uses self-catheterisation as first-line management for patients presenting with acute urinary retention in the emergency department.
According to recently published US study as many as 18 complications can be avoided from the age of 40 until death when using hydrophilic catheters instead of non-coated catheters. This translates into savings of almost $10,000 per patient.
Newly published data shows that multiple-reuse catheters pose a potential safety concern for people practicing intermittent catheterisation.
Intermittent catheterisation is a therapy that comes with many barriers. Barriers sometimes prevent practicing intermittent catheterisation accurately and as a result the positive outcomes are lost.