Studies on intermittent self catheterisation (ISC) with larger sample sizes are rare. The study presented below provides real-world evidence on ISC use, which may be used to form recommendations for improvement of care. This is one of the first publications that presents results of a 3-year observation period (including the time before and after initiating ISC).
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.